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