Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), is an often unrecognized form of heart failure that occurs during pregnancy or up to 12 months postpartum. The condition weakens the heart muscle and causes the heart to become enlarged. As a result, the heart can't pump blood properly to the rest of the body.
Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Awareness Week In Texas Is May 10- May 17, thanks to our founder, Brianna Harris-Henderson for getting the T.X. governor to sign our proclamation request in 2022.
Symptoms of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy includes:
Rapid heartbeat or Palpitations
Heavy Chest Pains
Tiredness during physical activity
Shortness of breath
Swelling of feet and ankles
Increased Urination at night.
Does this sound familiar?
PPCM warning signs can mimic pregnancy signs!
There's no known factor to diagnose it, which is why, many PPCM patients' symptoms worsen after birth, causing them to need Medical Devices, Heart Transplants, or Even lose their life!
If all obstetricians ran an NT-proBNP blood test during 36+ weeks gestation, more PPCM patients will have a 90% chance of recovering.
More awareness is needed for PPCM so that women who will be diagnosed can be given timely and appropriate treatment.
Know the signs, and ask questions.
• Angiogenic imbalance
• Altered prolactin processing
• Genetic, inflammatory, hormonal, hemodynamic, and autoimmune factors
Management of this challenging disease is similar to other forms of systolic heart failure, and unfortunately, only 30% to 50% of patients recover completely. We are recommending all expecting mothers and postpartum mothers request a BNP blood test, known as NT-proBNP.
BNP vs. NT-proBNP:
Differences between BNP and NT-proBNP on a biological level really relate to the fact that one is biologically active as a hormone, BNP, whereas NT-proBNP is cleared passively from the body and is not biologically active. Therefore, BNP has a much shorter half-life, NT-proBNP has a longer half-life.
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