FOUAD BASHOUR, M.D.; PAUL WINCHELL, M.D.
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Heart failure developing abruptly during the last month of pregnancy or within a few weeks following delivery has been observed in the absence of any known preëxisting cardiac lesion. The clinical findings have suggested acute, diffuse myocardial disease as the cause of this type of heart failure, and a clinical entity called "post partal heart disease" or "myocarditis" has been described.1, 2, 3, 4 It has been estimated that about 1.5 per cent of cardiac deaths associated with pregnancy can be attributed to acute, diffuse myocardial disease.5
Recently two cases have been observed which seem to fall within the group
BASHOUR F, WINCHELL P. "POST PARTAL" HEART DISEASE—A SYNDROME?1. Ann Intern Med. 1954;40:803–808. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-4-803
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(4):803-808.
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