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Cardiomyopathy — an enlargement or thickening of the heart muscle — does not always produce signs or symptoms. Mild cases may not require any treatment.
Therapy recommendations are guided by the cause and severity of your condition, and how likely you are to have complications. The goals of treatment are to manage symptoms, slow or stop the condition from worsening, and reduce the risk of heart attack and heart failure.
At Dignity Health, our doctors treat the whole person, not just the condition. Find a Doctor to discuss prevention strategies to avoid the need for cardiomyopathy treatment in the Bay Area.
Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes as the first treatment. Medication and surgery can also be used to relieve your symptoms and ease the stress on your heart.
Drugs used to treat cardiomyopathy include:
Surgical options include:
Your Dignity Health cardiologist will recommend the least invasive treatments first. However, if your symptoms become severe and quality of life decreases, your doctor may ask you to consider more aggressive treatments. They will explain all your options, so you can confidently make the right decision for your well-being.
Not all types of cardiomyopathy are preventable. However, you may be able to reduce your risk of cardiomyopathy related to heart disease by:
At Dignity Health, we are committed to providing personal care to our patients in the Bay Area. Learn more about the cardiac care we offer.
Dignity Health doctors specialize in many cardiovascular conditions and therapies, including cardiomyopathy treatment, in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.