The Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Research Initiative

Loving Mothers’ Hearts:

Using Focused Bedside Ultrasound and NT-proBNP to Screen for Undiagnosed Cardiomyopathy in Peripartum Women

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What is Peripartum Cardiomyopathy?

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality, but it is often undiagnosed or diagnosed at very late stages.

Changing the standard of care

There are simple ways that PPCM could be screened for and diagnosed before it becomes deadly. Learn more about easy cardiac ultrasounds to screen for heart failure, NT-proBNP and the PPCM screening questionnaire.

Take the PPCM survey

Have you been pregnant or been diagnosed with heart failure? Help us make the PPCM screening survey by answering a few questions about your symptoms and diagnosis.

Our lives are at stake.

PPCM is a preventable disease if it is diagnosed and treated in time. No woman should die or live with chronic heart failure because of her pregnancy.

-Heidi and her son (pictured) survived. Her daughter, baby Emery Claire, did not.

You can help.

PPCM is more common than Downs Syndrome in some regions of the U.S., and yet, very little is known about this disease. It is underdiagnosed and treated too late. You can help change this.

Support the Research

Help us change the way PPCM is screened for and diagnosed.

Share your story

Your experiences are important

The Future

Earlier diagnosis and treatment is key.

You’re not alone

Hear other women’s PPCM stories

This is why we need earlier diagnosis and treatment.