Peri-Partum Cardiomyopathy

 

In what should have been one of the happiest, memorable times of her life, nesting and preparing for the birth of her first child, Kylie Faulkner instead suffered Peri-partum Cardiomyopathy requiring an emergency caesarean.

 

Peri-partum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a life-threatening condition where the mother goes into heart failure in the last few weeks of pregnancy or the months following delivery. It is the biggest killer of new mums and currently there is no treatment or diagnostic test for it.

Thankfully for Kylie and her family she has recovered well and is enjoying life with her beautiful little girl Charlie. To help support Heart Research Australia raise awareness for PPCM and funds for life-saving research for RED FEB, Kylie recently shared her experience with PPCM with the Australian Women’s Weekly.

RED FEB is about raising awareness for heart disease as well as life-saving funds for research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease conditions such as PPCM. Getting involved in RED FEB is as simple as wearing RED and donating any day in FEB. To get on board click here.

We are so grateful to Kylie and the Australian Women’s Weekly for sharing Kylie’s story and helping us raise awareness this RED FEB.  Kylie’s story in the Australian Women’s Weekly is featured below.

To learn more about the research we are funding to understand more about the diagnosis and treatment of PPCM click here.