Cardiomyopathy and chronic heart failure

Cardiomyopathy can affect people of all ages and sometimes develops without exhibiting any significant symptoms. Fortunately, the advances in cardiology have enabled the cardiac-care fraternity to control symptoms, reduce complications, and prevent the condition from worsening. If left untreated, it may lead to chronic heart failure.

Cardiomyopathy is a complex disease developed by the thickening of the heart muscle that makes it challenging for the heart to pump blood. The heart works harder to function properly and ends up weakening heart muscles and causing disruptions in heart rhythm, only to become a life-threatening condition. Cardiomyopathy is believed to be an inherited genetic condition caused by a defect in genes that control heart growth.

At American Hospital Dubai, we take a multidisciplinary team approach to addressing cardiomyopathy through comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, a wide range of treatment options, and screenings & counseling for family members who might be at risk to develop the condition.

Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy:

Some cases of cardiomyopathy present no signs or symptoms, while in other cases, the condition progresses quickly and exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue or shortness of breath
  • Fainting during exercise or physical activity
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Blackouts or dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Heart murmurs
  • Swelling in the ankles, feet, and legs
  • Swelling of veins in the neck

Usually, the above symptoms aren’t taken seriously and rather ignored. However, these signs signal an abnormality in cardiac health and can lead to serious heart complications if proper treatment isn’t sought. Visit a cardiologist if you experience any or all of them.

Treatment Options for Cardiomyopathy:

If you receive a cardiomyopathy diagnosis, our multidisciplinary cardiac care team works in close coordination with each to conduct a thorough medical history and physical exam that helps determine a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan with a focus on managing and improving your heart’s function and health.

Our treatment plan includes both medication and lifestyle modifications. However, if the condition doesn’t improve or continues to worsen, our team members jointly review the treatment plan and explore other advanced treatment options including surgery and transplant after careful assessment of the patient’s overall health.

  • Medications: Our heart specialists and consultants recommend the evidence-based medicines available and identify the most appropriate personalized medication therapy for the patient based on the effectiveness of medicine and the patient’s response to it.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: The plan is offered in conjunction with medications or advanced treatment options, focusing on changing lifestyle and inculcating healthy habits for effective management of the cardiomyopathy and heart failure symptoms. These also include exercise regimens that help maintain overall cardiovascular health.
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: It is aimed at patients with congestive heart failure who also suffer from arrhythmia (a heart rhythm disorder).

In addition to the above treatment options, we also offer a variety of other cardiac-care services such as disease management strategies, nutritional assessments, physical activity programs, heart health counseling, and evaluations for heart surgeries including implantation of devices and heart transplants.

Book an Appointment:

At American Hospital Dubai Cardiology, our cardiac care service provides thorough investigation through advanced diagnostic testing and comprehensive treatment for people with cardiomyopathy or at high risk for heart failure. We follow a patient-centric approach that focuses on helping patients understand their condition and manage it with recommended lifestyle changes that can reduce or eliminate risks for chronic heart failure or further complications.

If you have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy or would like to visit an experienced Cardiologist to discuss your symptoms or for a checkup of your heart health, we invite you to book an appointment by providing your contact information via our secure online form. Our staff member shall be reaching out to you to schedule your appointment as soon as we receive your details. At our technologically-advanced cardiology, we strive to attend all patients, whether with no symptoms at all or are facing end-of-life cardiac conditions.

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