Cardiomyopathy is a very serious heart disease. There are many types of this illness. This is common in 1 in every 100 people usually in men over 65 years of age. In this report we will be discussing the disease itself, the signs and symptoms of the disease, how this disease can be treated, the prognosis, and the research for the future of this non-communicable disease. Cardiomyopathy, although it doesn’t have any household names, its different types are dilated, hypertrophic, and restrictive. This disease affects the heart by causing the heart to be enlarged, thickened, or ridged. It is a result of a complication of coronary arterial disease (CAD) when the arteries give blood to the heart but the pathway is blocked. Cardiomyopathy can be either hereditary or acquired through time. There is not an obvious known history of this disease. However, it was found that some of the first genes to cause the disease have a desmosome structure which is the site of attachment between skin cells. Although this disease can be prevented by controlling blood pressure, not smoking or drinking, and living a healthy life, it is possible to still get the disease. Some possible symptoms are shortness of breath, fatigue, changes in urination, chest pains, palpitations, and changes in mental alertness. Some patients are objected to swelling of the legs, feet, and abdomen due to fluid abnormality in the area. Also, swelling in the abdomen can cause pain and loss of appetite which is odd because they might also experience abnormal weight gain due to the swelling. Many of these symptoms are manageable with the right drugs and/or therapy. Patients with cardiomyopathy usually have different treatments that depends their symptoms. Some doctors use beta-blockers to treat shortness of breath and chest pain. Many patients are also given Antiarrhythmic medicines which help regulate the hearts rhythm. After having the disease for awhile patients are usually subjected to electrocardiogram or EKG test to monitor the health of the heart. If conditions worsen the patient will most likely have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or ICD implanted just blow the skin to continuously monitor the heart. But as conditions worsen the last and final option is a heart transplant although this very rarely happens due to the shortage of donated hearts available.
Cardiomyopathy is not completely curable. They can use treatments to minimize their symptoms. “Many people can live long, healthy lives not even realizing that they have Cardiomyopathy because they have no symptoms. For…
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Acute heart failure
heart failure that develops suddenly (often due to a heart attack). Although it may be severe initially, it may only last for a brief time and improve rapidly.
A low number of red blood cells or a low amount of haemoglobin in your blood cells, resulting in reduced oxygen delivery to tissues and organs.
pain or discomfort in the chest as a result of reduced blood supply to a part of the heart muscle. It is usually caused by…
The three heart diseases I researched were chronic valvular disease, dilated cardiomyopathy, and heartworm. All three are life threatening and can be extremely fatal in canines.
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Distinction between normal heart and an enlarged heart
What Causes Cardiomyopathy?
Cardiomyopathy can be acquired or inherited. Acquired means you develop it due to another disease, condition or factor. Inherited means your parents passed the gene for the disease on to you.
Some people who have cardiomyopathy never have signs or symptoms. Others don't have signs or symptoms in the early stages of the disease.
Shortness of breath or trouble breathing, especially with physical exertion…
of Cardiovascular Risks do Athletes Face?
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Heart Transplant or Total Artificial Heart
Western Governors University
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Transforming skin cells into heart cells
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Summary paper: Mental health affects the physical health
Summary Paper on how Mental Health Affects the Physical Health
Burning your hand in a fire affects a person both the physical and psychological sides of the incident. You have the physical with scarring, blistering, redness, swelling, and other possible issues that could be related to the burn. There is another side to burning your hand and that is the psychological aspects and they are as impactful as the…
What is heart failure?
Heart failure (HF) can be caused by any heart condition where the heart’s pumping ability becomes impaired, either because of an abnormality in cardiac structure or function. This results in inadequate perfusion- the inability of the heart to supply adequate oxygenated blood flow to fulfil the body’s needs (the workload).
HF can be acute or chronic. Acute HF develops rapidly (over hours or days). Chronic HF develops over month or years and is a long-term condition…