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Prevention and control of peripartum cardiomyopathy in Haiti

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James D. Fett ,

Department of Adult Medicine, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, Deschapelles, HT
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Joseph G. Murphy

Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, US
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Abstract

Intensive study of peripartum cardiomyopathy in the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer district of Haiti has led to two possible prevention and control measures:

  1. Promotion of family planning measures to assist women who wish to avoid the higher risk of disease and/or relapse seen with grand multiparity (defined as 5 or more pregnancies).
  2. focused non-invasive cardiac ultrasound screening of higher risk women in the peripartum period to identify and treat asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction.
How to Cite: Fett JD, Murphy JG. Prevention and control of peripartum cardiomyopathy in Haiti. Global Heart. 2005;1(4):305–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.precon.2006.04.002
Published on 01 Dec 2005.

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