The symptoms of cardiomyopathy vary by patient and the specific type of cardiomyopathy present. Some patients never experience any signs of disease, while others develop noticeable symptoms as the condition progresses. Those that do experience symptoms of cardiomyopathy often have:
- Swelling in the legs, ankles, and/or feet
- A bloated abdomen
- Breathlessness, particularly during physical exertion
- Chest pain
- Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
- Rapid or pounding heartbeat
Individuals with a family history of cardiomyopathy or a personal history of any heart condition are considered to be at a heightened risk of cardiomyopathy, and should take extra care in monitoring their heart health. It is important to note that even children and young adults can experience cardiac disorders like cardiomyopathy.
Promptly consult with a physician if you are experiencing mild symptoms that are consistent with cardiomyopathy. In the event that you or someone around you is having difficulty breathing, chest pain that lasts longer than a few minutes, or has lost consciousness, call 9-1-1.
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