Your heart has a muscle called the Myocardium. Cardiomyopathy is a condition that affects the Myocardium by making it stiff, thicker or larger than its average size or making it thinner and weaker to pump blood efficiently. Eventually, it can cause scarring on the tissue, impacting your heart’s ability to pump blood. Cardiomyopathy can cause heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and extreme tiredness, eventually weakening the heart and causing heart failure and sudden cardiac arrest.
You can acquire Cardiomyopathy due for various reasons. Sometimes the condition can be passed on through family genes. Cardiomyopathy exhibits several unique characteristics that set it apart from numerous other heart-related disorders. These key distinctions include:
Unlike many heart diseases that are more prevalent in the elderly, cardiomyopathy can manifest in individuals at any age, including the young.
Cardiomyopathy is typically a progressive condition, with its severity escalating over time. For some patients, this progression can be quite rapid.
Unlike many heart conditions that primarily affect the cardiovascular system, cardiomyopathy can often be linked to diseases impacting other organs in addition to the heart.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy, a specific form of this disease, is recognized as one of the predominant reasons leading to heart transplant procedures.
Many heart diseases stem from issues with blood vessels or electrical system anomalies. However, cardiomyopathy primarily results from gradual, often irreversible, alterations in the structure of the heart muscle over time.
Regardless of whether you have acquired or inherited Cardiomyopathy, you can rely on Dr. Karthigesan to give you the latest cardiomyopathy treatment with his in-depth expertise in the field of Cardiology. You can also depend on him to provide you with the best cardiac advice and guidance for a longer and healthier life.
Cardiomyopathy is either acquired or inherited from your parents. Sometimes, the causes main remain unknown.
Inherited Cardiomyopathy can be due to these reasons:
Acquired Cardiomyopathy can be due to these reasons:
To diagnose Cardiomyopathy, Dr. Karthigesan may suggest the following tests:
The duration of Cardiomyopathy depends on the severity and the type of condition you have. For instance, some Cardipmyopathys will require lifelong treatment, and some may not cause any major problems at all.
Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, for example, is not a long-lasting Cardiomyopathy, but it occurs due to excessive stress and may last a few months. Also, if the condition occurs due to chemotherapy or excessive alcohol intake, it may be reversible. Also, any abnormal heart rhythm-related Cardiomyopathy is treatable and reversible either by RF Ablation or by using medications. Tachycardia myopathy, for instance, is due to abnormal or rapid heart rhythms, which can be cured by undergoing RF Ablation or by taking medications to control the abnormal heart rhythms.