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Cardiomyopathy is a general term for heart muscle disease. The three main types of cardiomyopathy are:
If you have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in the Stockton, CA region, the expert cardiologists at St. Joseph's Heart & Vascular Institute can provide comprehensive care for your heart disease. Find a Doctor near you to learn more about your treatment options.
The cause of cardiomyopathy varies by the type:
In the early stages of cardiomyopathy, you may not notice any symptoms. As the disease progresses, you will probably start to experience some symptoms of heart failure. However, some people may never have symptoms.
The heart has a hard time pumping blood with all types of cardiomyopathy, causing symptoms such as:
Other symptoms include:
Seek immediate medical attention or call 911 if you experience chest pain, severe difficulty breathing or fainting.
Your highly trained doctor at St. Joseph's Heart & Vascular Institute can determine if your cardiomyopathy is due to a problem with the heart itself or another disease. Your medical and health history, physical exam, risk factors, and tests help accurately diagnose cardiomyopathy. Tests used to diagnose cardiomyopathy include:
Some people without symptoms may not need treatment. When necessary, treatment depends on the type and severity of cardiomyopathy. Your personalized treatment plan may involve medications, lifestyle changes, and, in some cases, medical procedures or surgery.