Peri Partum Cardiomyopathy Awareness

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Educate yourself on the silent killer in young healthy pregnant women.

What To Know



Peri Partum Cardiomyopathy is a distinct syndrome in which heart failure develops in the last month of pregnancy or within 5 months after delivery. PPCM has no discrimination. The incidence of this syndrome varies with geographical location and occurs in approximately 1:1300 to 3000 pregnancies in the United States.

Peri Partum Cardiomyopathy is diagnosed when there is no other identifiable cause of heart failure and no heart disease was present before the last month of pregnancy.

Even women in PERFECT health can develop PPCM.


Treatment for PPCM


The objective of Peri Partum Cardiomyopathy treatment is to keep extra fluid from accumulating in the lungs and to help the heart recover as fully as possible.

There are several kinds of medications a physician can prescribe to treat symptoms. These medications include:

  • ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors – Help the heart use the strength that it has to work more efficiently
  • Beta blockers – Cause the heart to beat more slowly so that it has a greater chance to recover
  • Diuretics – Help reduce fluid retention

Signs & Symptoms


  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling of legs and feet
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • Persistent cough
  • Fast heart rate
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Increased urination at night
  • High or Low Blood Pressure

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