Peri and Post partum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) Symptoms

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Below is a video from the UPMC discussing why it is important to know the signs of heart failure in pregnancy.

PPCM is a diagnosis of exclusion and it affects from 1 in 3,000 to 1 in 4,000 women in the US.

Doctors should consider the possiblity of PPCM, if a women reports symptoms of fatigue or shortness of breath.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty breathing while lying flat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath on exertion
  • Swelling (edema) above and below the knee
  • Palpitations – awareness of heart beating
  • Pink sputum

A woman may initially exert one or all of these symptoms, and many will have their symptoms dismissed as normal signs of pregnancy


Heart failure Screen tool This link will lead you to the heart failure screening tool that is on the homepage. You will need to click on the link and the tool will open in a new window. You will be asked a set of questions and given a score at the end of the quiz. The tool is provided for information purposes only.

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