Prevention of Cardiomyopathy

To reduce the risk of heart disease, eat a well-balanced low-fat diet, exercise regularly, and lose weight if necessary. Limit yourself to no more than two alcoholic beverages each day, and don't smoke.

Diagnosis of Cardiomyopathy

  • Chest x-rays may be taken.
  • Your doctor may perform an echocardiogram, which uses ultrasonic waves to image the structure and the movements of the heart.
  • A biopsy of heart muscle may be taken.
  • A coronary angiography may be performed to evaluate narrowings of the coronary arteries. In this procedure a tiny catheter is inserted into an artery in a leg or arm and threaded up to the coronary arteries. A contrast material is then injected, which provides a clear image of the blood vessels on x-ray.


Johns Hopkins Symptoms and Remedies: The Complete Home Medical Reference

Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Editor

Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

Updated by Remedy Health Media

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 13 Oct 2011

Last Modified: 04 Nov 2014