What is dilated cardiomyopathy?



A cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that prevents it pumping blood properly around the body. In dilated cardiomyopathy, the heart is enlarged and can’t pump blood efficiently. There are a number of possible causes of this condition, though a clear cause is not always found.

Dilated cardiomyopathy can cause symptoms of heart failure:

  • Shortness of breath when exercising/lying flat
  • Swollen ankles
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations

There are a number of medications that can help in this condition. With careful treatment, many patients experience an improvement in symptoms, often with an improvement in their heart pump function over time.

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This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.