PPCM fund

A PPCM (Peripartum Cardiomyopathy) Prevention Project

Who WE are

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Our Mission

We promote & fight for healthy pregnancies. 

PPCM Fund Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by PPCM survivors dedicated to saving unsuspecting mothers and their families from Peripartum Cardiomyopathy. PPCM is a pregnancy induced heart failure; a relatively unknown yet deadly heart disease surrounding new mothers. Shockingly, we have found that  big-name institutions such as  "ACOG"  (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)  DO NOT  support PPCM matters in regards to PREGNANCY, DELIVERY, POSTPARTUM CARE, WOMEN'S HEALTH, PROCEDURES. AND  PATIENT EDUCATION . We are on a mission to implement systems, spread awareness and further research & aid in the prevention of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy as well as provide support to the families that have been deeply affected as a result of PPCM.  We spread awareness in order to save lives! 

No mother needs to die, no child needs to be motherless.


THERE IS A PRACTICAL SOLUTION TO THIS REAL PROBLEM

"Early Diagnosis Saves Lives"


A key part of our mission is to raise the standard testing and labs with Implementing  the NT-proBNP &  EKG/Echo 

In Every OBGYN Office For All Pregnancies. 

"The Pro B-Type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro BNP) can save a life!

Take action against Pregnancy Induced Heart-Failure".  

Every new mom must get an EKG/Echocardiogram in the 3rd Trimester .


We Fight Against PPCM 

"The Silent Killer"  


Updated report on PPCM puzzle:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24669290

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PPCM Symptoms & Emergency Risk Factors

❤ Difficulty Breathing

This includes severe shortness of breath anytime sitting, when walking, climbing stairs, or even lying flat. Symptoms may get worse at night. Chest pain &/or tightness in the chest and heart often is mistaken for something less serious; 

this can include a heaviness, tightness, pressure or pain.

Also:

 -Heart Palpitations or skipping beats

-Fast Heart Rate

 -Orthopnea

-Coughing


  ❤ Fainting or Dizziness

This includes sensations of feeling like you're going to pass out, 

 especially while seated or standing.

Pay attention to:

-Low blood pressure or may drop when standing-

-Hard time brushing your hair

-High Blood Pressure 

-Excessive Fatigue 

-Mood Disorders


               ❤ Swelling & Weight Gain

This unusual weight gain is mainly due to an increase of fluid in the body, 

especially in the arms, hands and feet; if more than 

2 pounds in 1 day or 5 pounds in a week, 

see a cardiologist immediately. 

Look out for:

-Swelling of the ankles & neck veins 

-Increased nighttime urination 

-Morbid Obesity

- Gestational Diabetes 

-Preeclampsia 

-Malnutrition 

-Pain in abdomen 

-Dyspnea 


          ❤  PPCM effects your Gums & Teeth 

           Teeth can effect your heart BIG time before and after birth. 


         PPCM Symptoms gets worse AFTER giving birth. PPCM does not peak until AFTER the newly mom gives birth!


Click PPCM Fund YouTube link video to learn more....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRzOcut0KDY&t=45s

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Please Support & Get Involved

We are heart sisters, we band together.

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or simply spreading the word; THANK YOU, words are not enough. We couldn't accomplish our mission and reaching who we need to reach without the love and help from supporters like you... 


Are you passionate about what we're doing? Please let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality and welcome newcomers with open arms. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you... 

We look forward to you to join us on our mission to save lives.

News

Oct 5th

Video Premiere!

Event Details

Oct 5th

Video Premiere!

"There Is A Cure" - A PPCM PSA, new video premiere.

Visit our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2MyOTMV

Please remember to Like, Comment & Subscribe!

July 11th

Congress Office Meeting

Event Details

July 11th

Congress Office Meeting

Meeting with the office of Adam Schiff, U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district, to make aware of the maternal mortality issue . Raising the standards in testing and labs with implementing  the NT-proBNP &  EKG/Echocardiogram in  the 3rd trimester with in the medical community for ALL pregnant moms. Early diagnosis saves lives.

May 5th

Mom Congress

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May 5th

Mom Congress

Get ready, here we come Washington! Mom Congress is May 5th-7th, 2019

Mar 2nd

Billboards!

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Mar 2nd

Billboards!

Thats right! Here we come LA; we'll keep you posted on the progress, however, soon you'll slowly start seeing PPCM FUND on a billboard near you!  

Hope everyone had a good and healthy heart month!

Jan 2nd

Heart Cell Defect Identified as Possible Cause of Heart Failure in Pregnancy

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Jan 2nd

Heart Cell Defect Identified as Possible Cause of Heart Failure in Pregnancy

Happy 2019! We are starting the new year off with a mic-drop worthy announcement... A new Tel Aviv University study reveals that one of the possible primary causes of PPCM is a functional heart cell defect. Read more  about it here

More Events

Educate yourself

PPCM & The BNP Test

Get your NT-ProBNP Test 


This test isn't just for mom, its for daddy too!


There is so much to know.

The earlier you know more, 

the better.


Click HERE for more on PPCM

The Self-Test

Feeling off?!?

Take the self-test linked below.


Signs that you may need to take the self-test or see a cardiologist include the following:


Severe Shortness of Breath | Extreme Swelling or Weight Gain | Dizziness & Fainting | Low energy and Fatigue | Heart Palpitations | Chest Pain or Fast Heart Beat | Persistent Cough or Wheezing.

Early Diagnosis Saves Lives

Promoting awareness has helped to see great progress. 

PPCM in the USA today carries a recovery rate of over 90 %  in those diagnosed with LVEF > 35 %.

(IPAC: Investigations of Pregnancy Associated Cardiomyopathy Study) The Pro B-Type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro BNP) can save a life!


We Fight Against PPCM "The Silent Killer"  

Updated report on PPCM puzzle:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24669290

Considering Post-PPCM Pregnancy?

- Here are 10 key things you need to know now, not later.


- AND - 


- What can a peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) subject do to reduce the risks of relapse of heart failure in a subsequent pregnancy? 


PPCM❤️fund & Others unite to save lives

Strategic Partners

Jessica Jo Maxwell 

PPCM Fund Inc. Partner 


~https://www.uclahealth.org/heart/women/barbrastreisandhearthealth


The UCLA Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Health Program is a comprehensive cardiovascular program committed to providing education for women with, or at risk for heart disease as well as conducting state of the art scientific research aimed at improving women's heart health.


~ Houston Pregnancy & Postpartum Care

Rose Campbell, Owner 


Learn about becoming a strategic partner:

Please email us:

contact@ppcmfund.com

Medical Professionals

James D Fett MD is the authority on Peripartum- Cardiomyopathy and works closely along side  Dennis M McNamara MD in the PCN and with IPAC, setting the bar high in the fight against PPCM. Dr Fett was recently presented The CPP 2018 Distinguished Award for his lifelong commitment to women with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy. In addition, we are proud to have Karol E Watson MD is  the director of the UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program, Co-director of the UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, and Director of the UCLA Cardiology Fellowship. is Director of the UCLA Women’s Cardiovascular Health Center,  Co-Director of the UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, and Director of the UCLA Fellowship Program in Cardiovascular Diseases.

Corporate Sponsors

We are always on the lookout for new strategic corporate partnerships. If you are interested and would like to learn more regarding corporate sponsorship please email us at:

donate@ppcmfund.com 


Our Partners:

- Houston Pregnancy & Postpartum Care

-Yogurt Stop & CBD

-Mom's The Word

-Panera Bread  -Waggz Tags

 -Hero Locations Co

-Bounce: Play Matters  -A Pea In The Pod

- In The Zone Locations

- More pending,  join the fight!



SHOP PPCM FUND

The PPCM FUND store 

is now open!


You can now get all your

 PPCM FUND

 swag from our store, link below. 


Hoodies, T-shirts

Tanks, Mugs

& More!

Join Our Family

PPCM Awareness Day Is Everyday!


Are you passionate about what we are doing?? We are too... There are many ways to get involved. Choose the one that best suites you. The smallest contribution can make the biggest difference.  


Email us to find out more on how you can help.



Donate now

  • Your generous gift will help us put an end to PPCM! 
  • No mother needs to die.
  • No child needs to be motherless. 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Downloads

2020 PPCM Flyer - Free Download


Reach out

Lindsay PPCM Survivor - A Voice Advocate for all Woman & Families

Lindsay Staloff

Founder & President PPCM Fund Inc.

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy  Survivor Nov 2016



Jessica Jo Maxwell 

PPCM Fund Inc. Partner 

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Survivor April 2018 


General Inquiry-Email 

contact@ppcmfund.com


Media Relations

Send email: Attn. Media 


Donor & Sponsor  Relations

donate@ppcmfund.com

Office Hours

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By Appointment Only


Los Angeles, CA

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