Cardiomyopathy means “disease of the heart muscle.” In cardiomyopathy, the damaged heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick, or rigid, and cannot pump blood effectively.
Many people live with cardiomyopathy, unaware that they have the condition. It is the leading cause of heart failure and the most common reason for needing a heart transplant.
Unlike other heart problems, it frequently affects younger people.
At UPMC's Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Center, people with HCM have access to:
Cardiomyopathy can be acquired or inherited.
Cardiomyopathy risk factors include:
Cardiomyopathy symptoms are associated with heart failure or arrhythmia, and may include:
If you have such symptoms and are at risk for cardiomyopathy, see your doctor for a physical exam.
Following your exam, your doctor may order additional tests and procedures to check your heart's function, such as:
Testing resultsYour doctor or nurse will tell you when to expect your test results and will call you when they're available.
The overall goals of cardiomyopathy treatment are to:
Treatment depends on the type of cardiomyopathy you have and the seriousness of your condition.
Treatments can range from:
Surgically implanted devices
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