Jargon Buster - Definition of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

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Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

is the rarest form of cardiomyopathy and results in the stiffening of the walls in the lower chambers of the heart muscle. This restricts blood flow which can obviously cause complications within the body. The cause of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy is currently unknown although there are theories relating to genetic and metabolic abnormalities.

Sufferers of this condition can often be asymptomatic or only have minor symptoms whilst others can have serious symptoms including chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of lower limbs, weight gain, fainting and/or palpitations.

Treatments for Restrictive Cardiomyopathy can involve beta-blockers, diuretics and/or ACE inhibitors dependant upon severity. Usually this condition is managed by healthy diet and exercise.

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