- CASE FILE
I developed postpartum cardiomyopathy shortly after my son was born, I was hospitalized and misdiagnosed. It almost took my life
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
postpartum cardiomyopathy is often misdiagnosed, in my case I was misdiagnosed. When I arrived at the er, days after I had my son, I was short of breath. My oxygen saturation was 76%. I was immediately taken to the back where oxygen was placed on me. ABGs were performed, came back critical. So I then had to do a ct scan with contrast to rule out DVTs. Everything was coming back negative. The er was fishing for diagnosis. They started me on antibiotics that I didn’t even need. Thankfully they gave me a dose of iv lasix and I was able to get the fluid off of me or I believe I would have died that night. I was put in icu for the night. From Friday to Monday I was told I had pneumonia. I had hardly any infiltrates. I was misdiagnosed. PPCM is so uncommon it is often misdiagnosed. I almost lost my life. My children almost lost their mother. During my pregnancy I kept having heart palpitations and high blood pressure and it was never caught. I now take two heart meds daily, I still have heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and high blood pressure. Some days I experience swelling and everyday I wonder if I’m going to go to bed at night and not wake up the next morning. I have never received proper treatment for this disease. I wish more people knew about it and the signs and symptoms to look for.