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- What is Cardiomyopathy?
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What is Cardiomyopathy?
Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that either causes a weakening of the heart muscle or a change in its structure.
While there are different types of cardiomyopathy, they all affect the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout the body and can thus have serious consequences.
Most people who develop cardiomyopathy notice symptoms as the disease develops, which may be similar to those symptoms commonly associated with congestive heart failure.
Symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the legs and ankles (edema)
- Dizziness or fainting
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty focusing
What Causes Cardiomyopathy?
In many cases, the cause for cardiomyopathy remains unknown, although a number of factors and medical conditions have been associated with the disease. These include:
- Some viral infections
- Damage to heart tissue caused by previous heart attacks or surgery
- Prolonged high blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Poor nutrition
- Thyroid problems
Other factors which increase the likelihood of developing cardiomyopathy include increasing age, pregnancy, the prolonged use of certain medications and genetic factors as heart conditions often tend to run in families.
Help for Cardiomyopathy
If you notice these symptoms it is important to seek medical attention as cardiomyopathy can be extremely serious and can result in heart failure or an arrhythmia.
Your health care practitioner will be able to run the necessary tests in order to determine if you have cardiomyopathy and if so, which type.
If a diagnosis is confirmed, you doctor will recommend a treatment plan that, depending on the cause, may include treatments such as heart medication, a pacemaker or surgery. If the condition has resulted in advanced and severe heart failure a heart transplant may be necessary.
Note: It is important not to change or add to your prescription medication without first consulting your doctor. Also be sure to source your natural remedies from a reputable company to ensure maximum efficacy and safety.