Experiences of health care in women with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in Sweden: a qualitative interview study

The knowledge gap of peripartum cardiomyopathy in maternity care personnel is alarming and the deprecation of symptoms and missed diagnosis of peripartum cardiomyopathy can lead to life-threatening consequences. This study explored women’s experiences of health care while being diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy. The results revealed, ‘Exacerbated Suffering’, expressed in three subthemes; ‘not being cared about’, ‘not being cared for’ and ‘not feeling secure.’ Read more, URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/16/386

Symptoms in Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a form of cardiac disease often associated with cardiac failure, occurring in late pregnancy or after childbirth.  In this qualitative study, the narratives revealed that the onset and occurrence of symptoms was like, an invasion of body by symptoms with a  feeling of helplessness. It was like being caught in a spider web. The findings from this small study, broaden our understanding of the hardship and personal suffering,  the women with PPCM experienced.

Read the article Symptoms in women with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: A mixed method study