Contemporary outcome of subsequent pregnancies in patients with previous peripartum cardiomyopathy

Sorel Goland*, Jacob George, Uri Elkayam, Sara Shimoni, Irena Fugenfirov, Edi Vaisbuch, Michael Arad, Dov Freimark, Michal Simchen, Rafael Kuperstein

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Aims: To describe the effect of subsequent pregnancies (SSP) on left ventricular (LV) function and outcomes in patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). Methods: Among146 women with PPCM who were prospectively followed at two medical centres in Israel (2007–2019), 75 SSPs (in 50 women) were identified: 8 miscarriages, 8 terminations, and 59 life birth. Results: Forty-five patients with 59 full-term SSPs [mean age was 32.9 ± 4.1 years, LV ejection fraction (LVEF) 57.7 ± 5.1%] were analysed. Data on LVEF at 1-month post-delivery were available in 46 and at 6 months in 36 SSPs. There was a small decrease in the mean LVEF, mostly at third trimester (57.2 ± 5.6 vs. 54.4. ± 7.3, P < 0.001); and at 1-mont (57.9 ± 5.7% vs. 55.4 ± 6.1%, P = 0.001) and at 6-month post-delivery (57.4 ± 6.1 vs. 55.3 ± 7.9%, P = 0.03). In patients with pre-SSP LV LVEF ≥55%, a mild reduction in the mean group LVEF was seen at 1-month post-delivery (P = 0.009). One patient with pre-SSP LVEF ≥55% developed severe relapse. In patients with pre-SSP LVEF <55%, a mild reduction in LVEF was obtained mostly at third trimester (51.1 ± 5.6 vs 47.0 ± 7.4%, P < 0.001), which persisted at 6 months (P = 0.03). A relapse was observed in three (25%) women with LVEF <55%. There was no maternal mortality, 32 patients delivered by caesarean section, and there were no foetal complications. Conclusions: Our study indicates a favourable outcome and low likelihood of maternal mortality associated with SSP in women with a history of PPCM and recovered LV systolic function. SSP was associated with a slight reduction in LVEF mostly during the third trimester, which persisted up to 6 months after delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4262-4270
Number of pages9
JournalESC heart failure
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Outcome
  • Peripartum
  • Pregnancies
  • Subsequent


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