Will Cardiomyopathy Cause Any Complications?

Q:

Will cardiomyopathy cause any complications?

A:

Yes. There are several cardiomyopathy-caused complications. It is a heart problem, and it can lead to other heart conditions.

Heart failure

Because of cardiomyopathy, the heart muscle is stiffened or weakened. Thus it becomes hard for the heart to pump blood. When your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the need of your body, you have heart failure. It is a serious condition, for it can threaten your life.

Blood clots

As the pumping ability of your heart becomes weak, more blood stays in your heart and gradually blood clots are formed in it. If those clots are pumped out of your heart, they can block blood flowing to your heart, brain or other organs. To prevent this complication, you should take blood thinners (anticoagulants).

Valve problems

Since patients with cardiomyopathy have an enlarged heart, their heart valves may not close properly, leading to a back flow of blood.

Cardiac arrest and sudden death

Cardiomyopathy can cause abnormal heart rhythms, either too slow or too fast. When too slow, it can’t keep blood flow through your heart effectively. And if too fast, the heart can’t beat properly. With abnormal rhythms, patients may experience fainting. If it’s a very severe condition, sudden death may happen as a result.

 

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