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What is cardiomyopathy?


Cardiomyopathy is another type of heart disease. A cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart muscle is unable to pump blood and beat normally. There are several forms of cardiomyopathy:

-Dilated Cardiomyopathy
-Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
-Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
-Right Ventricular Dysplasia

The cause of cardiomyopathy is often not known. It can be related to coronary artery disease (CAD), especially in the elderly population. It can also be genetic or the result of an infection.

Cardiomyopathy that is not related to CAD is often rare, but seems to occur more in young people. These types of cardiomyopathies are the number one reason for heart transplants today.

There are several symptoms related to cardiomyopathy. Please see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

-Shortness of breath
-Gradually unable to tolerate physical exertion such as exercise, going up stairs, or even walking short distances
-Fainting, especially after physical exertion
-Feel light-headed usually after physical exertion
-Feeling dizzy
-Feeling your heart palpitate
-High blood pressure

Unfortunately, many times cardiomyopathy has no symptoms and often times a sudden death occurs even though the person had no symptoms of the disease. It is essential to see a doctor regularly if this type of heart disease is something you are at risk for.



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