Animal Research Minute – Could new research with mice provide important clues to a dangerous pregnancy complication?

Well, a team of researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center say mice are helping them better understand peripartum cardiomyopathy, or PPCM, a form of heart failure that develops late in pregnancy, or shortly thereafter, and can lead to a lifelong chronic heart condition. The researchers discovered PPCM is caused by an imbalance of proteins in the heart. One in 3,000 women without history of heart disease will develop PPCM, so this study with mice is incredibly important for pregnant women.

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