What Is Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy?

Q:
What is nonischemic cardiomyopathy?

A:
The nonischemic cardiomyopathy is a type of cardiomyopathy as the ischemic cardiomyopathy. However, unlike ischemic cardiomyopathy, the nonischemic cardiomyopathy is not caused by coronary artery diseases and is less common.

There are three types of nonischemic cardiomyopathy:

  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy related to thickening of heart muscles;
  • dilated cardiomyopathy due to enlargement of left ventricle of the heart; and
  • restrictive cardiomyopathy because of ventricles losing their flexibility.

The general symptoms of nonischemic cardiomyopathy include:

  • Shortness of breathing;
  • Fatigue, fainting and dizziness;
  • Pains or pressure in the chest;
  • Palpitations;
  • Swelling in legs and feet.

If your family has the history of nonischemic cardiomyopathy, you should pay great attention to the symptoms. At the same time, you should live a healthy lifestyle.

Consult your doctor about the treatments for your case.

Key words: nonischemic cardiomyopathy; types; symptoms.

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