Cardiomyopathy is an acquired or hereditary disease of heart muscle; this condition makes it hard for the heart to deliver blood to the body, and can lead to heart failure. Cardiomyopathy can affect both children and adults.
The main types of cardiomyopathy are:
· Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia
Other types of cardiomyopathy are classified as Unclassified Cardiomyopathy. This is commonly known as broken heart syndrome.
- Bloating of the abdomen due to fluid buildup
- Cough while lying down
- Chest discomfort or pressure
- Dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting
- Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet
- Breathlessness with exertion or even at rest
- Heartbeats that feel rapid, pounding or fluttering
Complications include heart failure, valve problems, blood cloths, cardiac arrest and sudden death.
There is no prevention for cardiomyopathy but we can reduce the risk of getting it by following healthy diet, reducing alcohol consumption, tobacco, maintaining regular exercise, getting correct sleep, reducing stress, controlling the blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol.
Clinical Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine journal welcomes all the articles related to cardiomyopathy.