What is idiopathic cardiomyopathy?
Idiopathic cardiomyopathy is also called idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). It is a disease that affects the heart, causing the chambers of the heart to enlarge and decreasing muscle contractions. DCM is considered as the most common type of cardiomyopathy which develops when the heart muscle stretches and thins without any discernible cause. As the heart muscle becomes thinner, the ventricles and atria become larger. As a result, the heart muscle’s ability of pumping blood becomes weaker.
The symptoms of DCM may include fluid retention in feet, ankles, legs and abdomen, difficult breath, and fatigue. If the condition is serious, the patient can have symptoms of heart failure.
Keywords: idiopathic cardiomyopathy; idiopathic cardiomyopathy+; idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy