What is Cardiomyopathy?
Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that can cause heart muscle tissue to become thick or rigid. There are four main types of Cardiomyopathy, each with different symptoms and ramifications for the patient. While the disease is not currently curable, when treated properly, those diagnosed can lead long and fulfilling lives.
How Will My Lifestyle Change?
Some people with the disease show very few symptoms and require little or no treatment. For others, changes to lifestyle, medicines, surgery, and/or implanted devices may be required to control symptoms and stop escalation of the disease.
Some lifestyle changes commonly recommended after Cardiomyopathy diagnosis include:
- Healthy dieting including low fat, low sodium, and low sugar foods
- Weight loss
- Increasing physical activity
- Reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption
- Quitting smoking
- Losing excess weight
- Avoiding the use of alcohol and illegal drugs
- Getting enough sleep and rest
- Reducing stress
Additionally, your doctor may prescribe medications to treat underlying conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Consult your doctor before making drastic lifestyle changes.