Life post Peripartum Cardiomyopathy…(PPCM)


heart patient undergoing treatment

peripartum cardiomyopathy

I feel very tired and exhausted these days… The medicines that I am taking to strengthen my heart muscles are making me weak… On top of that the restrictions on diet, water intake (only 1.25litres/day), complete bed rest and voice rest are getting on my nerves and leaves me frustrated most of the time. I cannot even see my daughter, Annie who is just a month old. She is taken care of by my parents since my Doc has told me to avoid any physical or mental strain. What a punishment for a  first time mother!

Last week I got admitted at the ICU of NMC Super Specialty Hospital in Dubai due to shortness of breath and sweating, symptoms of peripartum cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure. I was there for 3 days, was administered with infusion of  DOBUTAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE  and Lasix as per Dr. Murali Krishna’s – Cardiology dept.-prescription.

* Lasix is a loop diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt, allowing the salt to instead be passed in your urine. Lasix treats fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome.

* Dobutamine is a direct-acting inotropic agent. Dobutamine is used for short term treatment of patients with cardiac decompensation. Stimulates beta 1 -receptors in heart, causing more complete and forceful contractions (inotropy) without significantly increasing heart rate or BP.

Doctor has advised me to refrain from any activity which could cause any physical or mental strain during this one month and for the coming 4 months. If proper rest and medication is taken, there is a 75% chance that I could be cured of this heart disease and return to normal life. How I wish to get back to my usual self, hold my daughter in my arms and shower her with all my love and affection!  The Master Healer above is my sole comfort and refuge during these trying times. My husband, Denis is my pillar of strength, who with his amazing patience is taking care of me with all his heart and soul…

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~ by Sabitha Denis on August 22, 2009.

2 Responses to “Life post Peripartum Cardiomyopathy…(PPCM)”

  1. Have they started you on Coreg yet? Dr. Fett is the world specialist on PPCM and is available to help you and your physicians, at no cost. You can find him at amothersheart.org/members. It’s really important that you do this asap. Until you are stabilized you are at risk for stroke, sudden death, permanent heart damage, etc. I’m not trying to scare you, but rather put you back with your daughter sooner than later. Take care and please post, email or call Dr. Fett as soon as possible. Your daughter deserves a healthy mother 🙂

    • Hi Anne,

      I am sorry I just saw your comment, in fact noticed it! They haven’t started Coreg for me. I’m taking Dilatrend, Lasix, Tritaze, Pantazol, Dijoxin, Aldectone and Duphalac for constipation. My new Doc told me to increase my water intake to 1.8ltrs. and talk half Lasix at night. Due to the fluid restriction, I have developed fissure in the rectum area, itching and constipation. Going to the loo has become a nightmare!!

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