What’s the Treatment for Dilated Cardiomyopathy?

Q:

What are the types of treatment for people with dilated cardiomyopathy?

A:

The goal of treatments for dilated cardiomyopathy is to stop the heart from getting weak and help it get rid of substances in the bloodstream which enlarge the heart and cause more serious signs.

Medications

As your heartbeats become irregular, your doctor may prescribe medicines that can control and normalize your heart rate. Anticoagulant medicines may also be used to prevent blood clots.

Common drugs used in dilated cardiomyopathy are:

Beta blocker

Diuretic

ACE inhibitor or an ARB

Surgeries

If a patient’s condition is severe, he may need one of the following procedures.

Left ventricular assist devices

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (biventricular pacing)

Automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillators

Ventricular restoration surgery

Heart transplantation

Lifestyle Changes

If you begin to have signs of chronic heart failure, you should control your intake of sodium. A less-salt diet can help. Aerobic exercise is also beneficial for you, but you must remember not to do intensive exercise, like heavy weightlifting.

 

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