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Breastfeeding, Cellular Immune Activation, and Myocardial Recovery in Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (JACC: Basic to Translational Science June 2019)
Description

The etiology of peripartum cardiomyopathy remains unknown. One hypothesis is that an increase in the 16-kDa form of prolactin is pathogenic and suggests that breastfeeding may worsen peripartum cardiomyopathy by increasing prolactin, while bromocriptine, which blocks prolactin release, may be therapeutic.

Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Douglas L. Mann, MD, FACC

CME Editor
L. Kristin Newby, MD, FACC

Authors
Amanda Coniglio, MD
Michelle Kelsey, MD
Vishal Rao, MD

CME Information

Target Audience
JACC Journal CME/MOC/ECME is intended for physicians who treat patients with cardiovascular disease.

Important Dates
Date of Release: June 24, 2019
Term of Approval/Date of CME/MOC/ECME Expiration: June 23, 2020

Learner Objectives
After reading this article the reader should be able to:

  • List the risk factors for peripartum cardiomyopathy.
  • Identify appropriate treatment strategies for women diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the changes in the T cell population in the postpartum period with and without breastfeeding.

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Summary
Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered: 1 CME Credit
1 ECME Credit
1 MOC Credit
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