What is Cardiomyopathy?
Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that impairs its ability to effectively pump blood throughout the body. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetic predisposition, high blood pressure, and viral infections, and it may lead to heart failure if not managed properly.
Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy
Common symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Fatigue and weakness
- Swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting
- Irregular heartbeats
Treatment for cardiomyopathy often involves:
- Medications to manage symptoms such as high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, and fluid retention
- Implantable devices like pacemakers or defibrillators to regulate heart function
- Lifestyle changes including a heart-healthy diet, exercise, and smoking cessation
- In severe cases, surgical interventions like ventricular assist devices or heart transplant may be considered
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of cardiomyopathy, early intervention is crucial for managing the condition and preventing complications. Schedule your appointment with our cardiac specialists today for a comprehensive evaluation and tailored treatment plan.
Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended for educational purposes and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as extreme shortness of breath or chest pain, dial 911 immediately for emergency medical assistance.