How Cardiomyopathy Is Treated
- Your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce heart muscle exertion, improve the heart’s pumping ability, regulate the heartbeat, and ease symptoms.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity.
- Abstain from alcohol and do not smoke.
- You doctor may also recommend that you eat less than 2,300 mg of salt or less per day. Sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Lose weight if you are obese or overweight.
- A heart transplant may be advised if the heart muscle has been badly damaged.
When to Call a Doctor
Symptoms of cardiomyopathy indicate late-stage disease, warranting prompt attention from a doctor.
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