Electrocardiographic findings in peripartum cardiomyopathy

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Background: There is limited data on electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities and their prognostic significance in women with peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). We sought to characterize ECG findings in PPCM and explore the association of ECG findings with myocardial recovery and clinical outcomes. Hypothesis: We hypothesized that ECG indicators of myocardial remodeling would portend worse systolic function and outcomes. Methods: Standard 12-lead ECGs were obtained at enrollment in the Investigations of Pregnancy-Associated Cardiomyopathy study and analyzed for 88 women. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was measured by echocardiography at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months. Women were followed for clinical events (death, mechanical circulatory support, and/or cardiac transplantation) until 1 year. Results: Half of women had an “abnormal” ECG, defined as atrial abnormality, ventricular hypertrophy, ST-segment deviation, and/or bundle branch block. Women with left atrial abnormality (LAA) had lower LVEF at 6 months (44% vs 52%, P = 0.02) and 12 months (46% vs 54%, P = 0.03). LAA also predicted decreased event-free survival at 1 year (76% vs 97%, P = 0.008). Neither left ventricular hypertrophy by ECG nor T-wave abnormalities predicted outcomes. A normal ECG was associated with recovery in LVEF to ≥50% (84% vs 49%, P = 0.001) and event-free survival at 1 year (100% vs 85%, P = 0.01). Conclusions: ECG abnormalities are common in women with PPCM, but a normal ECG does not rule out the presence of PPCM. LAA predicted lower likelihood of myocardial recovery and event-free survival, and a normal ECG predicted favorable event-free survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-529
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Cardiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
information NIH, Grant/Award Number: HL102429 and HL069912This investigation was supported by NIH contracts HL102429 and HL069912.

Funding Information:
This investigation was supported by NIH contracts HL102429 and

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Authors. Clinical Cardiology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


  • electrocardiography
  • maternal-fetal health
  • outcomes
  • peripartum cardiomyopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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