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Cardiovascular/Pulmonary: Case 11

Kilgore - Pericardium

Week 8- August 10


Note: These articles were also listed on Case 2

Case Objectives

Objectives - Case 11 - Kilgore - Pregnancy, Asthma, Peripartum Cardiomyopathy, and Pericarditis

Pregnancy, Asthma and Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM):

  1. List considerations for asthma management in pregnancy.
  2. Describe the natural history of asthma during pregnancy.
  3. Describe the cardiovascular accommodations during pregnancy (model with Harvi).
  4. Describe pulmonary functional changes during pregnancy.
  5. Explain the development, symptoms, and signs of post-pregnancy cardio myopathy.
  6. Review the pharmacology of beta-blockers, loop diuretics, hydralazine/isosorbide dinitrate, digoxin, and low-molecular weight heparin recommended during pregnancy.
  7. Identify the indications for a wearable cardioverter/defibrillator in LV dysfunction.


  1. Describe the types of pericarditis and related pathologies.
  2. Describe the conditions that cause: pericardial effusion, pericarditis and constrictive pericarditis.
  3. Compare and contrast clinical findings, clinical diagnosis, and pathologies of restrictive cardiomyopathy from constrictive pericarditis.
  4. Discuss the pharmacological and surgical treatments that are appropriate for constrictive pericarditis.