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Know the basics

What is restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a disease of heart muscle that prevents the muscle from contracting (squeezing) with normal force.

When restrictive cardiomyopathy occurs, the heart has a restricted ability to contract because the inner lining of the heart becomes stiff. The result is that the heart doesn’t pump blood well. .Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure.

How common is restrictive cardiomyopathy?

This type of heart disease is much less common than heart disease from coronary artery disease or heart valve problem. Most of the cases occur in the elder . You can  minimize the chance of having hernias by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Know the symptoms

What are the symptoms of restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Common symptoms are tiredness, less ability to exercise and shortness of breath.

Besides, you may have swelling in the legs or feet, chest pain or palpitations ( feeling that the heart is slipping or beating too fast) may also occur.

There may be some signs or symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any abnormality in left chest or abnormal blood pressure, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

Know the causes

What causes restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a rare disease. The most common cause is degeneration of starch (condition of abnormally high protein and blood cells) and unexplained scarring in the heart (myocardial fibrosis primary). The disease can also occur after a heart transplant.

Other causes of restrictive cardiomyopathy include:

  • Carcinoid heart disease
  • Diseases of the heart lining (endocardium), such as endomyocardial fibrosis and Loeffler’s syndrome (rare)
  • Iron overload (hemochromatosis)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scarring after radiation or chemotherapy
  • Scleroderma
  • Tumors of the heart

Know the risk factors

What increases my risk for restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Certain factors may increase your risk of developing Restrctive cardiomyopathy:

  • Family history. People with a family history of cardiomyopathy, heart failure and sudden cardiac arrest are more likely to develop cardiomyopathy than are those without a family history of heart problems.
  • Obesity. Excess weight makes the heart work harder, which may increase the risk of cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
  • Alcoholism. People who abuse alcohol can damage their hearts, and cardiomyopathy can be a consequence. The risk increases significantly after more than five years of drinking seven to eight drinks daily.
  • Illicit drug use. Drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines and anabolic steroids, may increase the risk of cardiomyopathy
  •  Certain chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy can increase the risk of cardiomyopathy.
  • Diabetes and Thyroid disorders.
  • Hemochromatosis. This disorder causes the body to store excess iron, and it has been linked to an increased risk of dilated cardiomyopathy.

Not having risk factors does not mean you can not get hamstring strians. These factors are for reference only. You should consult  your doctor for more details.

Understand the diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is restrictive cardiomyopathy diagnosed?

The doctor may suspect the disorder on the basis of the medical history and physical examination. The dotor may order electrocardiography (ECG) and chest x-ray to show an enlarged heart. ECG may also show an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).

The doctor may also order echocaradiography (ultrasound examination of the heart) to check the heart’s pumping action. Blood tests may also be done to look for other causes.

Besides, in some cases, cardiac catheterization and biopsy of heart tissue may be done to confirm the diagnosis.

How is restrictive cardiomyopathy treated?

Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms of heart failure ad correcting abnormal heart rhymths (arrhythmias)

Treatment theraphy may include:

Medications known as diuretics reduce fluid I the blood to decrease the work of the heart

The doctor may prescribe drugs that regulate the heartbeat or drugs that suppress immune function (corticosteroids) to fight conditions causing the cardiomyopathy.

  • Chemotherapy (in some situations)

If the heart’s pumpig is very poor and symptoms of heart failure worsen, heart transplantation may be needed.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage restrictive cardiomyopathy?

The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with restrctive cardiomyopathy :

  • Eat a healthy diet with more vegetables, fruits and less salt and fat.
  • Take all your prescribed medicines as directed
  • Exercise when your doctor says that you can
  • Don’t drink alcohol and smoke
  • Lose weight if you’re overweight
  • Try to manage your stress.
  • Get enough sleep.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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