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Cardiomyopathy is a disease in which the heart muscle (myocardium) has thickened or inflamed abnormally.
Those with cardiomyopathy typically have heart failure
, in most cases the enlarged heart muscle is weak and heart does not pump as it should, resulting in less oxygen-rich blood circulating in the body.
Types of cardiomyopathy include:
- Dilated (congestive) cardiomyopathy – the heart cavity is enlarged and stretched. The most common type.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – the left ventricle enlarges.
- Restrictive cardiomyopathy – heart muscle cells (myocardium) in the ventricles become very rigid. The least common type.
Cardiomyopathy can show no symptoms, or symptoms can be mild. Some symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath.
- Chest pain.
- Rapid or abnormal heartbeats.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner
To diagnose cardiomyopathy a wide range of tests and procedures can be performed including:
Minimally Invasive Interventions
MemorialCare's experienced staff provides follow-up care for cardiomyopathy. Follow-up care may include:
- Pacemaker and Arrhythmia Clinic – Patients with an implanted pacemaker or cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) may receive outpatient follow-up care at Saddleback Memorial's clinic.