Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the myocardium, or heart muscle. As the condition progresses, the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick or rigid, making it hard for the heart to deliver blood to the body. This can lead to heart failure or irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias. The weakening of the heart can also cause other complications such as heart valve problems.
Heredity plays a strong role in cardiomyopathy, so if you have a family history of heart disease or if you are experiencing symptoms, make an appointment to speak with a Mercy primary care doctor or heart specialist. They can provide you a full range of expert and personalized care.
There are different types of cardiomyopathy:
In addition to blood tests and chest X-rays, your doctor may recommend various tests to diagnose cardiomyopathy, including:
Treatment for cardiomyopathy mostly focuses on relieving symptoms, improving heart function and helping you live a longer, more comfortable life. This might include: