Peripartum and Postpartum Cardiomyopathy
Stop! Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure
Stop! Stage 4 Heart Failure
Fight for Every Heart Beat
You can help us make pregnancy safe for every mother, everywhere.
To save lives by removing financial barriers that delay or prevent heart transplantation and to find a cure for pregnancy-related heart failure known as Peripartum and Postpartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM).
An estimated 150,000+ American women have advanced heart failure. And when standard medical therapy is no longer sufficient, and a near-term heart transplant is not available, implantable heart pumps (LVAD) often are the only other option for offering patients with end-stage 4 heart failure, a new treatment that will give them a new lease on life.
An LVAD, or left ventricular assist device, is a mechanical device that helps the heart pump blood from the left ventricle throughout your body. With both internal and external components, the LVAD has been shown to reduce heart failure symptoms, such as fatigue and shortness of breath, and increased the quality of life. In other words, it keeps the person alive and acts as a bridge towards a heart transplant.
Too many women in the United States have either Peripartum or Postpartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM). Many are faced with stage 4 heart failure leaving them in need of a heart transplant, left ventricular assist device (LVAD/heart pump), or even death. Hundreds of women a day die from pregnancy-related heart failure, also known as Peripartum or Postpartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), and hundreds of women die from spending years waiting on a heart transplant.
No Cash, No Heart. Period. Transplant centers need to know-how you will pay. Many women are denied a heart transplant because of insufficient insurance, or they couldn’t afford the anti-rejection drugs. They are required to place between $5,000 to $20,000 into an exclusive fund account to cover additional transplant expenses like anti-rejection drugs. These drugs are necessary for life. The same procedure happens with pregnancy-related heart failure (PPCM) drugs. If the heart is not treated with the proper medication, it will fail.
What happens if they cannot acquire the funds through family members, churches, or a GoFundMe account? The answer is that they will probably not receive a new heart and not be placed on the transplant list. Their chances of survival are very slim.
Many women do not have the required funds, nor will their insurance cover the cost, donating will allow your donations to go toward getting them the necessary anti-rejection or PPCM drugs to women who need a heart transplant or a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and medical treatment to continue to live.
Save a heart. Save a life.
We need your help. Please.