PPCM self-test questions
Choose only one answer for each question. Click submit for your score and recommended course of action.
Created by Expecting Hearts, Inc. Source-Dr. James Fett; leading PPCM expert, advocate, and researcher. Please note: there is always a possibility of a false negative or false positive, so if in doubt, check with your doctor and ask for the relevant blood tests or echocardiogram. *Fett JD. Validation of a self-test for early diagnosis of heart failure in peripartum cardiomyopathy. Crit Pathw Cardiol 2011;10 (Mar):44-45.
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1. Difficulty breathing while lying down?
Need to elevate head
Need to elevate upper body 45º or more
2. Shortness of breath on exertion?
Climbing 8 or more stairs
Walking on level
3. Unexplained cough?
Day and night
4. Swelling lower extremities?
Above and below knee and/or hands/face
5. Excessive weight gain during last month of pregnancy?
Under 2 pounds per week
2 to 4 pounds per week
over 4 pounds per week
6. Palpitations (sensation of irregular heartbeats, skipping beats/racing heart?
When lying down at night
Day and night, any position
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