Cardiomyopathy may be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (meaning it develops during the person’s lifetime).
A person is more likely to develop cardiomyopathy if they have one or more of the following risk factors:
What Are the Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy?
Symptoms of cardiomyopathy may start small and feel almost insignificant at first. As time passes, the symptoms worsen over time. They include the following:
- Tiredness, often starting with a lack of energy that eventually feels like total exhaustion
- Shortness of breath, trouble breathing or difficulty catching your breath
- Swelling in the ankles, feet and legs, abdomen and neck
To learn about the various types of cardiomyopathies as well as how they may be diagnosed and treated, visit the SecondsCount Cardiomyopathies Center, found here.