Bretler, Ditte-Marie1; Jørgensen, Casper Haslund2; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring3; Gislason, Gunnar Hilmar1; Hansen, Peter Riis1
1 Cardiology, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark2 Department of Intensive Care, Abdominal Centre, Rigshospitalet, The Capital Region of Denmark3 unknown
Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare and potentially fatal disease with peripartum heart failure in previously healthy women. A brief review of the literature is provided with emphasis on recent data indicating that an antiangiogenic cleavage product of prolactin contributes to the molecular mechanisms underlying peripartum cardiomyopathy, and that blocking the release of prolactin with bromocriptine can ameliorate the condition.
Ugeskrift for Laeger, 2009, Vol 171, Issue 1-2, p. 53-5