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

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 13 Oct 2011

Last Modified: 04 Nov 2014