What You Need To Know About Cardiomyopathy Right Now

What You Need To Know About Cardiomyopathy Right Now

Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that can be life threatening, especially if you don’t know you have it. Some people have no symptoms of the disease. Others have symptoms but aren’t aware that they need to act on them.

You do need to act on them. Pediatric cardiomyopathy is the number one cause of sudden cardiac arrest and heart transplants in children. In adults, it can lead to heart failure, a condition that affects more than 6 million people in the United States. The good news is that in many cases, if cardiomyopathy is detected early and managed properly, sudden cardiac death can be prevented and you can lead a relatively normal life.

You can do two things today to help bring your family better heart health: (1) Know your family’s heart history. If one of your relatives has cardiomyopathy, it’s possible that it was inherited and other family members could develop it too. (2) Be aware of the symptoms shown below and know that they are serious. Anyone with these symptoms should be evaluated by a cardiologist.

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Dr. John Lynn Jefferies

About the Author: Dr. John Lynn Jefferies

John Lynn Jefferies, MD, is director of the Cardiomyopathy and Advanced Heart Failure Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute. He has authored more than 120 peer reviewed publications and edits two textbooks on the topic of cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

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