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DOES RACE MATTER?

     It is an excellent question. Medical researchers and scientists often link diseases to race. It's not unusual for peripartum and postpartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) to be racially connected, as well. Or would it?

     While researching Peripartum and Postpartum Cardiomyopathy on how it relates to minorities in general, I found that researchers don’t appear to have a concrete answer.

The research data shows that Peripartum and Postpartum Cardiomyopathy can be common in Hispanic and African American women.

     However, cardiologists, researchers, and scientists continue to be baffled as to exactly what triggers PPCM in some and not others. Not only do they not know what causes PPCM, but they do not have a cure for it either. So the two things we know for sure are that there is no cure or known causes for PPCM.

     PPCM has been known to occur across all racial backgrounds, can affect any woman during her reproductive years, and can happen in any pregnancy, sometimes with no warning signals. Peripartum Cardiomyopathy occurs within the last month of pregnancy, whereas, postpartum cardiomyopathy occurs within five months post-pregnancy.

     That said, it has been suggested that PPCM is higher in African American and Hispanic women over Whites and women of Asian descent, because the first group is at higher risk of experiencing hypertension, being overweight, being a smoker, or suffering from obesity and diabetes. All of the above makes the heart work too hard, causing damage over time.