Cardiomyopathy

Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is a condition where the chambers of the heart become stiff over time. Though the heart is able to squeeze well, it's not able to relax between beats normally. This makes it harder for the heart to fill with blood. The blood backs up in the circulatory system.

People with restrictive cardiomyopathy may be heart transplant candidates. The outlook depends on the cause of the condition, but it is usually poor. Survival after diagnosis may exceed 10 years.
  • Symptoms
  • Fatigue

    common

    Swollen neck vein

    common

    Irregular heartbeat

    common

    Difficulty breathing

    • Occurs or worsens with exertion

    • Occurs when lying flat, During sleep

    common

    Cough with mucus or without mucus

    • Dry

    • Lasting 4 weeks or more

    common

    Cold hands or feet

    common

    Swelling in lower leg

    • In both lower legs

    or Enlarged feet or ankle

    • In both feet or ankles

    common

    Recent unexplained weight gain

    common

    High urine output

    or Decreased urine

    common

    Swollen belly

    common

    Frequent urination

    Abdominal bloating

    or Feel like vomiting

    or Poor appetite

    Rapid heart rate

    Chest discomfort

    • Center of the chest, Left side

    Confusion

    or Fainting

  • Risk factors
  • Amyloidosis

    or Sarcoidosis

    Radiation therapy

    • Chest

  • Treatment
  • Many medications are used to treat cardiomyopathy. Your doctor may prescribe medicines to: Lower your blood pressure. ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers are examples of medicines that lower blood pressure.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Cardiomyopathy, then visit a cardiologist as soon as possible.

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