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Congestive Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies
What are congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathies?
There are many risk factors for congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy, including coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, alcoholism, some chemotherapy medications, heart valve disease and viruses. Postpartum cardiomyopathy is a rare, but serious complication that may occur in women in the last weeks of pregnancy or during the first few weeks after delivery. If a woman has had postpartum cardiomyopathy, she is at risk for recurrence if she becomes pregnant again.
What are the warning signs?
How are congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathies
diagnosed and treated?
Medical treatment is very important for improvement of symptoms, and can sometimes restore the heart to its normal function. Medications include beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, diuretics and digoxin among others. Lifestyle modifications, such as changes in diet and salt intake, and exercise programs are typically advised. In selected patients, special kinds of implantable devices may be useful in restoring the heart muscle function or preventing life-threatening arrhythmias.
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