PPCM is a dilated form of cardiomyopathy, which means the heart chambers enlarge, and the muscle weakens. This causes a decrease in the percentage of blood ejected from the left ventricle of the heart with each contraction. That leads to less blood flow, and the heart is no longer able to meet the demands of the body's organs for oxygen—affecting the lungs, liver, and other body systems.
This unchecked and often misdiagnosed condition is putting the life of the mother and possibly the baby at risk of severe injury or even death.
Severe cases have been: cannot walk a flight of stairs, can not walk from one side of the room to the other, or having to sleep propped up by several pillows.
Weight gain from fluid retention happens when a buildup of excess fluid can cause a sudden increase in weight of more than two pounds in one day or five pounds in a week. This needs to be checked out.
Severe dizziness and feeling faint. Can not stand for a length of time without feeling like you are going to pass out. Feeling dizzy or light-headed while in a seated position.
Would be described as a discomfort, heaviness, pressure, aching, burning, fullness, squeezing, or painful feeling in your chest. It can be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn.
Wheezing and coughing occur when fluid leaks into the lungs; it often causes a cough, which is the lung’s way of trying to remove the fluid.
If you have any of these symptoms, please take the PPCM self test.