The condition in which the walls of the ventricles become stiff or rigid and are not able to expand as blood fills in the chambers is known as restrictive cardiomyopathy. Shortness of breath, fatigue and palpitations are the common signs of restrictive cardiomyopathy.
HOW IS RESTRICTIVE CARDIOMYOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
Cardiologists may conduct a physical examination to check for enlarged or bulging veins, enlarged liver, lung crackles and fluid backup into hands and feet. Cardiac catheterization, chest CT scan, ECG and Echocardiogram are other diagnostic tests to confirm diagnosis of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
HOW IS RESTRICTIVE CARDIOMYOPATHY TREATED?
Once the cause of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy is found, the appropriate treatment line is decided. Main goal of treatment is to control symptoms and improve quality of life. Blood thinning medicines, medicines to prevent abnormal heart rhythm, steroids and diuretics are other treatment options
DID YOU KNOW?
Many patients with this disorder would exhibit no or minor signs and symptoms of restrictive cardiomyopathy.