Cardiomyopathy treatment focuses primarily on managing the symptoms, keeping the illness from getting worse and decreasing the complications and risk of sudden cardiac arrest (main concern with this disease). This illness weakens heart muscle and changes its structure. Different types of cardiomyopathy, severity of symptoms, cause and other factors dictate the course of the treatment.
Conventionally recommended cardiomyopathy treatments are:
I. Lifestyle changes including:
- Healthy and balanced diet, consisting of fruits, vegetables and grains; avoiding sodium (salt), and too much sugar.
- Exercising: moderate physical activity is advised
- Avoiding smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
- Reducing stress, getting enough rest and sleep
- ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors for lowering heart pressure by dilating blood vessels. There are proven to be the most effective in their field.
- Digitalis or digoxin increases calcium in heart cells which improves the contract of the heart muscle and slows down heart rate. These are not always recommended and in some cases can even be dangerous.
- Diuretics help with the elimination of sodium through kidneys, which reduces the fluid retention, helping the respiratory system and reducing leg swelling. These problems often occur in patients who have a history of heart failure.
- Beta blockers for improving heart function and lower blood pressure by blocking the effect of adrenaline on the body. These are very effective and prescribed to most patients with heart failure history.
- Septal myectomy, an open heart surgery for people with severe cases of cardiomyopathy, usually reserved for youngger patients and the patients that do not respond well to medications. It is successfully done in most cases.
- Surgically implanted devices such as pacemaker which controls arrhythmias (disorder of the heart rate or rhythm), left ventricular assist device which helps by pumping the blood to the body, and implantable cardioverter defibrillator which also controls arrhythmias by sending electric shocks to the heart.
- Cardiac transplantation or heart transplantation is a procedure of replacing the patient's dysfunctional heart with a healthy heart from a deceased donor. This is a last resort procedure for people whose heart would otherwise fail within months, for very advanced cases of cardiomyopathy.
- Cardiomyopathy treatment may also be nonsurgical procedure called alcohol septal ablation. In this process ethanol is injected into a small artery which supplies blood to a part of heart muscle that has thickened. The ethanol (a type of alcohol) serves to thin the thickened part, so the blood can flow normally. Implantable defibrillator may be recommended to patients that have suffered a heart attack.
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