Effect of Bromocriptine on Left Ventricular Function in Women With Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

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This is a randomized, controlled clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of bromocriptine for improvement of left ventricular function of women with Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). A Multi center trial in Germany.


Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a serious life threatening heart disease of unknown etiology in previously healthy women. Only a minority of patients recovers completely while the majority of PPCM patients develop persistent ventricular dysfunction and may experience severe heart failure leading to cardiac transplantation. Thus, these young patients are very sick at a time when the newborn would need a healthy mother. Many of PPCM patients need lifelong treatment causing a large financial and social burden. Indeed, a better understanding of the disease and more efficient therapeutic options are urgently needed. To date, no specific therapy is available so that patients are treated by medical pharmacotherapy for heart failure.

Diagnosis of PPCM is usually made at advanced stages of the disease in severely symptomatic women but prognosis of affected women is poor with reported mortality rates of 15% and recovery in only 23% to 54% of PPCM patients despite optimal medical treatment. Therefore strategies are urgently needed to identify patients at risk and novel therapeutic approaches are required to improve poor prognosis of affected women.

Our trial would establish a new specific therapeutic regimen for PPCM and we can expect that such a novel approach would be rapidly adopted in the clinical management of this disease. Since our trial design follows state-of the-art guidelines, we assume that bromocriptine would shortly be adopted into clinical guidelines of the German Cardiac Society, European Cardiac Society, and the American Heart Association.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Peripartum Cardiomyopathy




Hannover Medical School (MHH)


Not yet recruiting


Hannover Medical School

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