Symptoms of PPCM

Severe Shortness of Breath

Severe cases have been, can not walk a flight of stairs, can not walk from one side of the room to the other or have to sleep propped up by several pillows.

Extreme Swelling or Weight Gain

Weight gain from fluid retention happens when buildup of excess fluid can cause sudden increase in weight more than 2 pounds in 1 day or 5 pounds in a week.  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. 

Chest Pain or Fast Heart Beat

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.   

Persistent Cough

Wheezing and coughing occurs when fluid leaks into the lungs, it often causes a cough, which is the lung’s way of trying to remove the fluid.     

Take the Self Test

If you have any of these symptoms please take the PPCM Self Test. 

Self Test