Women with PPCM are advised to eat a low-salt diet, restrict fluid intake, and remain as physically active as possible. They may be advised to weigh themselves daily in order to track fluid retention.
Women who smoke and drink alcohol are counseled to stop, since these habits may make heart failure symptoms worse and potentially harm the heart muscle.
Some women with PPCM, particularly those with very low LVEF at the time of diagnosis, may be advised to wear an external cardiac defibrillator vest for several months or to undergo a procedure to have an internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implanted to protect against complications from life-threatening arrhythmias.
In rare cases, women may have a heart-assist device placed in order to help the heart pump more blood or undergo a heart transplant.