Dr. Blauwet is the founder of the Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Association (PCA) and has had a career-long focus on peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). She has cared for many women with PPCM in South Africa and in the United States. Her research focuses on seeking the cause of PPCM as well as improving clinical care and outcomes for PPCM patients. She is a member of the Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Network, which is a network of physicians and nurses at clinical sites across the United States and Canada dedicated to both clinical care and investigation of peripartum cardiomyopathy. Dr. Blauwet is a Cardiovascular Diseases consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, holding the rank of Associate Professor.

“I serve on the PCA board because I am passionate about improving the diagnosis, care and support of PPCM patients and I can think of no better way to help these moms and their families who are impacted by PPCM. Through the PCA, I hope to increase awareness and education, facilitate research, and provide support to all those who are affected by this disease. Together, we can make a difference!”

Caitlan Kane is a teacher, survivor, co-founder, and the mother of three children.  Caitlan’s personal mission to drive heart-health awareness in women, a direct result of surviving Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), post-birth of her third child. Her near-death experience changed her perspective on health, self-advocacy, and life.  Caitlan is a board member with the Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Association (PCA) which helps bring survivors together, raise awareness, and support current research.  Caitlan also co-founded Sisters@Heart to improve the lives of those affected by heart disease and stroke at a local level. Caitlan also serves on the Heart and Vascular Board for Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a 793-bed teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.  Caitlan earned both her undergraduate and Master’s in Education at Providence College.

“ I serve on the board of the PCA to help fellow survivors find other PPCM patients for support, to locate the best doctors in their area, to share the most current research, and to help raise awareness for this often misdiagnosed disease.”