A Case of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in Saudi Arabia


  • Abeer M. Kawthar King Abdulaziz University




Peripartum cardiomyopathy, Heart failure, Echocardiogram


Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare idiopathic condition that affects pregnant women from their last month of gestation up to five months of their postpartum period. Its symptoms are similar to those of a heart failure, which mimic the exaggerated physiological symptoms of pregnancy. In Saudi Arabia, there is only one study that, so far, reported cases of obscure peripartum cardiomyopathy. Here, we discuss a case of this rare condition. A young pregnant lady was admitted with anemia and premature contractions. Two days later, she developed an acute heart failure. Her echocardiography test confirmed a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction. The secondary causes of heart failure were then excluded. A diagnosis for peripartum cardiomyopathy was made, and the patient was treated accordingly. Peripartum cardiomyopathy in pregnant women must be considered in cases of heart failure presented during such period.

Author Biography

Abeer M. Kawthar, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Consultant




How to Cite

Kawthar, A. (2020). A Case of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in Saudi Arabia. Journal of King Abdulaziz University - Medical Sciences, 27(1), 89–94. https://doi.org/10.4197/Med.27-1.12



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