There is nothing more crucial to a person’s body and their health than their heart. The heart is the center of a person. This is more figurative than literal, since it’s off center for people, but most people identify and recognize the heart as their center.
Unfortunately, many people suffer from cardiomyopathy.
Rather than other diseases which are only a single issue, cardiomyopathy is actually several different conditions which are combined together. Heart diseases are always a tricky and sensitive issue for people. The number of people that die from heart disease each year is staggeringly high. One of the best ways for people to avoid issues like cardiomyopathy is to know what they are looking for. Knowledge can go a long way towards prevention.
What is Cardiomyopathy
As mentioned above, cardiomyopathy is actually a grouping of conditions. There are five main types of cardiomyopathy. The main types are Restrictive, Hypertrophic, Dilated, Stress Induced and Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. Regardless of what type, they all share some common traits. Almost all can be both inherited genetically or picked up as a complication from another different disease.
Cardiomyopathy will tend to make the heart engorged and tough. It can also become rigid and unable to move properly. Sometimes, rather than becoming larger and rigid, it will instead form a large amount of scar tissue in the heart, thus damaging it. It can also affect people from any age group. Many children may get cardiomyopathy and unfortunately, the causes of this is typically unknown.
Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy
It can be pretty difficult at times to determine if someone has cardiomyopathy. While the symptoms show up for some people, other people may never show any symptoms at all. Still other people may not show symptoms until the later stages of their heart problems. If people do see symptoms, then they should immediately speak with their doctor. Early diagnosis is crucial to proper treatment. Some of the symptoms that need to be looked out for include:
- Fatigue - Unexplained fatigue can often be a symptom.
- Trouble Breathing - Many people with cardiomyopathy may struggle for breath, especially when they are exercising or working out.
- Dizziness - People often feel dizzy or lightheaded with no explanation. This can even lead to potential fainting incidents.
- Irregular Heartbeats - This is a symptom that people can often feel. Heartbeats should remain regular and predictable.
- Heart Murmurs - Odd sounds occurring during heartbeats is very unsettling. A heart murmur is classic symptom of cardiomyopathy.
Treatment Options for Cardiomyopathy
People who show off no symptoms of cardiomyopathy will typically not be able to determine that they have it, and won’t receive much (if any) treatment for it. However, those showing symptoms (especially the serious ones) will need to receive treatment to avoid serious problems or complications.
Medications are one of the most common ways to keep the heart beating regularly. Obviously, everyone is different and medications should only be prescribed by a doctor to ensure that a person’s individual medical needs are met.
If medication fails, then there are both surgical and nonsurgical procedures which may be used. One of the most common options is to have a device like a pacemaker inserted into the body to ensure that the heart continues to beat at a normal rate.