To educate healthcare professionals who care for pregnant women to be aware of the signs and symptoms of PPCM. Also to make it standard protocol to administer a BNP blood test if patients are suffering any of the warning signs. A BNP is a simple blood test that can detect heart failure.
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), also known as postpartum cardiomyopathy, is a form of heart failure that occurs during the last month of pregnancy, and can present up to five months after giving birth.
Symptoms of PPCM can often be mistaken for common, normal pregnancy symptoms. It is important to know the symptoms so you can seek treatment as soon as possible.
Shortness of Breath, Cough, Excessive weight gain, Severe Edema (swelling), and difficulty breathing while laying flat are all signs of PPCM.
There is a self test that has been developed to determine if you may have PPCM.
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