Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle, so the heart has some problems to pump blood to the rest of your body.
It's necessary to identify the symptoms, because some people with Cardiomyopathy never have any signs.
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing.
- Swelling in the ankles, feet, or legs.
- Fainting during any physical activity.
- Chest discomfort or chest pain.
- Heart murmurs.
- Cough while lying down.
- Long-term high blood pressure.
- Heart damage from a Heart Attack.
- Constant fast heart rate.
- Heart valve problems.
- Metabolic disorders.
- Nutritional deficiencies.
- Pregnancy complications.
- Being an alcoholic for many years.
- Use of drugs.
- Chemotherapy or radiation.
- Certain infections or viruses.
How is Cardiomyopathy diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose Cardiomyopathy based on your medical records, family history, a physical exam, and some test like:
- Blood tests.
- Chest X-ray.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG).
- Stress test.
- CT Scan.
Prevention and Cares
Live a heart-healthy lifestyle and making lifestyle decisions such as:
- Avoiding the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Controlling high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.
- Eat healthy.
- Getting regular exercise.
- Sleep well.
- Reducing your stress.
If you already have a Cardiomyopathy, take your prescription, don't miss your appointments with your Cardiology, and live happily, don't worry about it. You can do it!
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