by firstname.lastname@example.org (322 Posts), Thu Oct 04, 2007 09:39 am
There is little information here, so this patient should discuss her particular case with the physician who treated her. My remarks are generic.
Cardiomyopathy of pregnancy is a failure (usually temporary) of the heart muscle to function normally that could be genetic, viral or something else that usually responds to medication; it does have a chance of recurring in a subsequent pregnancy. It has no known relationship for cause to eclampsia that I know of. Most of the cases I have treated present rather suddenly without much advance notice and respond to treatment--obviously this patient did. In a future pregnancy--if she chooses to risk it--her docs likely will monitor her progress with frequent assessments of cardiac ejection fractions (done by echo) and treat accordingly.