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Clinical Trials

Topic   Cardiology
Title   PPCM (peripartum cardiomyopathy) Registry
Summary   This observational (no treatment) registry will collect data (information) about patients who have been diagnosed with or who are thought be suffering from peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), in order to understand more about the management of PPCM, that is seen late in pregnancy or in the months after delivery.
Description   A registry is a collection of information about patients, usually focused around a specific diagnosis or condition. Many registries collect information about people who have a specific disease or condition. The PPCM registry focuses on patients who have, or who possibly have peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). PPCM is a form of heart muscle weakness that occurs for unknown reasons towards the end of pregnancy or in the months just following delivery. It is diagnosed when no other cause for heart failure can be identified and the patient is late in pregnancy or has recently delivered. The registry consists of about 1000 cases of suspected PPCM. Researchers aim to collect data about the way the condition shows up in patients, their social status, the frequency of the diagnosis, how it is different from other types of heart muscle weakness, and the forms of care and treatment. Information for the registry will be collected across a wide variety of countries, by internal medicine specialists, cardiologists and other clinicians who treat patients with PPCM. Data collection occurs at the time of standard of care (regular or routine) outpatient clinic visits.
IRB Number   676860-2
Inclusion/Notes   Women over age 18, who developed heart failure towards end of pregnancy, or in the first six months after delivery, with ejection fraction (EF) <45%. EF is the strength of heart contraction on ultrasound or other cardiac testing. Patients may be enrolled during their pregnancy, at delivery or after delivery. They must have had no previous heart problems that would explain the development of heart failure.
Principal Name   Vijayapraveena Paruchuri
Contact Name   Dipti Patel, MSN, MPH
Phone   516-663-4481
Alternate Phone   516-663-8692