Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle caused when a weak heart muscle is not able to pump blood to the rest of the body. Poor muscle tone in the heart can be caused by:

  • Heart attack or blockage in the arteries (ischemic cardiomyopathy) 
  • Medication, viral infection, or inflammation (non-ischemic cardiomyopathy)

A healthy heart pumps 55%-65% of the blood inside it to the rest of the body. However, in patients with cardiomyopathy, only 50% or less blood is pumped out.

In severe instances, cardiomyopathy has the potential to cause heart failure. It is, therefore, crucial to seek medical intervention to address this serious cardiac condition.

At Corrielus Cardiology, Dr. Corrielus offers a comprehensive assessment of your heart health to diagnose your specific type of cardiomyopathy and focuses on noninvasive cardiovascular care for your condition.

What is Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy is a condition that results in the thickening, stiffening, or thinning of the heart muscle, leading to a reduced capacity to effectively pump blood. It can lead to an abnormal enlargement of the heart.

This condition may also result in the accumulation of blood in the lungs and other cause forms of internal bleeding. These are critical conditions that require immediate medical attention.

Over time, cardiomyopathy tends to worsen and weaken the heart, resulting in symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pressure. However, with proper treatment, it is possible to slow down the progression of the condition and improve your overall quality of life.

Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy

In its initial stages, cardiomyopathy is often asymptomatic. Symptoms typically emerge as the condition worsens.

If you experience any of the following symptoms of cardiomyopathy, please get in touch with us at Corrielus Cardiology for a diagnosis.

  • Irregular heart rhythms, along with heart palpitations characterized by a rapid, forceful, or fluttering heartbeat
  • Abdominal bloating resulting from fluid retention
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting spells
  • Difficulty sleeping while lying flat due to persistent coughing
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Chest discomfort or pressure
  • Shortness of breath during physical exertion and at rest

Causes of Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy can have multiple causes and it is important to determine the cause before proper treatment can be initiated. Although no direct cause has been determined for cardiomyopathy, your risk increases in some cases:

  • History of cardiomyopathy in your family
  • Muscle-related disorders, such as muscular dystrophy
  • Heart attack or coronary heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Heart muscle infections
  • Long-term alcohol or drug use
  • Diabetes, thyroid problems, or other endocrine problems
  • Muscle conditions (muscular dystrophy).

Associated Conditions of Cardiomyopathy

If left untreated, the disease can progress and cause the heart to become weaker, impairing its ability to maintain a healthy electrical rhythm.

As a result, you may suffer from conditions such as arrhythmias, heart valve issues, and even heart failure.

Diagnosing Types of Cardiomyopathy

At Corrielus Cardiology, we are equipped to diagnose your specific type of cardiomyopathy.

  • Enlarged heart muscle causes dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Thickened heart muscle causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 
  • Rigid heart muscle causes restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Irregular heart rhythm causes arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy

Treatment of Cardiomyopathy

We use an integrative, team approach focused on non-invasive cardiovascular care. Your cardiomyopathy treatment will be guided by our expert cardiologist Dr. Corrielus.

Dr. Corrielus recommends treatment plans based on your specific type of cardiomyopathy, the severity of your symptoms, your age, and your overall wellness.

Our team helps you manage any underlying condition that may be causing your symptoms. We also implement steps to stop the progression of your condition.

Our aim is to help you avoid serious complications, such as sudden cardiac arrest, and help you live a full life.

Our focus is on using non-surgical means of care to ensure your long-term well-being. Dr. Corrielus may also prescribe medication and recommend lifestyle changes to improve your heart health.

Managing Cardiomyopathy in Philadelphia

We can help you learn about your risk for cardiomyopathy and determine if you are a candidate for non-invasive treatment. At Corrielus Cardiology, our integrated approach to cardiovascular health prioritizes your overall well-being and quality of life.

To schedule your cardiology consultation, call Corrielus Cardiology at 215-383-5900 or book an appointment online.

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