Cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart is unable to sufficiently pump blood through the body. The more this condition pregresses, the less able the heart is to pump blood around the body.
+ Dilated Cardiomyopathy
This form involves the sretching and thinning of the heart muscle. Causes may include:
- Infectious myocarditis
- Drug toxicity
- Nutritional deficiencies (especially thiamine)
- heavy metal toxicity
+ Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
This involves the enlargement of cardiac muscle cells. It's a common cause of sudden myocardial arrest in younger people and athletes. Common Causes Include:
- Inherited gene mutations
+ Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
Most common in older adults. This condition involves the gradual increase in rigidity of the heart as a result of scar tissue formation.
Causes May Include:
- Cytotoxic inflammatory diseases
- genetic sphingolipidosis (Fabry's or Gaucher's)
Oedema in Legs and Abdomen
|Dilated Cardiomyopathy||LVH||Enlarged ventricular chamber|
|Hypertrophic Myopathy||LVH, large QRS complex, Q-waves, frequent T Inversion||LVH of unknown etiology with reduced ventricular chamber volume|
|Restrictive Cardiomyopathy||LVH||Biatrial enlargement, normal or reduced ventricular volume, normal left ventricle wall thickness.|
|Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy||Abnormal polarization, small amplitude potentials at the end of the QRS complex.||Segmental wall abnormalities.|
1. Manage Cardiovascular Failure
- See heart failure and coronary artery disease.
2. Reduce Coagulation
Except if on Warfarin or other blood thinners.
- Fibrinolytics (Salvia miltorrhiza)
- Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors (Allium sativum, Vitamin E)
3. Reduce Dysrhythmia
- Antidysrhythmics (Crataegus oxycanthus, Leonurus cardiaca)
- Beta-Blockers (Inula racemosa)
4. Manage Other Risk Factors
- Lifestyle (Dietary changes, Alcoholism, Smoking)
- Nutritional Support (Vitamin B1, Magnesium)
- Antinflammatories (Curcuma longa, Vitis vinifera, Camellia sinensis, Centella asiatica)
- Chronic heart failure
Medical diagnostic necessary prior to treatment.
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Updated: March 2018
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