What Is Restrictive Cardiomyopathy?


What is restrictive cardiomyopathy?


Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is also known as idiopathic restrictive cardiomyopathy and infiltrative cardiomyopathy. When walls of the ventricles of the heart become too rigid to contract with blood in chambers, RCM occurs.

In RCM, pumping ability of the heart can be normal, yet the ventricles can’t get enough volume of blood. Over time, the heart stops working effectively.

RCM is more likely to occur in older adults. Due to abnormalities in the issues, the ventricles of the heart become rigid. There may be scar tissue. Finally, the ventricles can’t contract or relax normally to pump blood normally. Further, the atria can become enlarged. Serious symptoms such as arrhythmias and heart failure can appear as the condition advances.


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