Tuesday, January 03, 2012
What Is It?
Cardiomyopathy refers to changes in the heart muscle. These changes prevent part or all of the heart from contracting normally.
There are three types of cardiomyopathy. The types are based on the physical changes that occur in the heart:
• Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — The muscular heart wall thickens abnormally. As a result, the heart muscle cannot relax fully. As a result, the heart does not fill up with as much blood as in a healthy heart. So the heart has less blood to pump out to the body. There is another problem with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, as well. The heart muscle wall can become so thickened that it blocks the flow of blood out of the heart. Both of these problems can lead to heart failure.
• Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — Symptoms, when they occur, are usually the same as the symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy. Sometimes, the first symptom may be fainting or even sudden death. The condition also can cause chest pain, usually during exercise.
Most cases of hypertrophic and restrictive cardiomyopathy are persistent. They can get worse over time.
• Drugs that help to relax the heart muscle in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
o Verapamil, a calcium-channel blocker drug
• Antiarrhythmic drugs to correct abnormal heart rhythms.
• A pacemaker or an implantable defibrillator to prevent fatal arrhythmias.
For patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, blockage to the outflow of blood can sometimes be reduced. This is done by damaging part of the muscle between the two ventricles. This damage can be created at surgery or through a catheter.
A heart transplant may be necessary for patients whose poor heart function has become disabling or life threatening.The outlook varies. It depends on the specific cause and severity of the cardiomyopathy.
The survival rate of people with most types has improved dramatically in the past decade. This is due to the increased number of treatments available.
It has been almost 17 years since they told me I only had 10.And about 4 years since doc told Bill to prepare himself as it wouldn’t be long. I am still here and don’t plan on going for awhile.
Eventually heart just plain gets too weak and worn out to work.The congestive heart failure is part of it and cause build up of fluid. The recent fainting was heart not pumping but just doing what I call the jello shake.Which means heart is not pumping and defibalator shocks it into beating..
There is no cure for me.I just take each day as it comes and when necessary I rest more. No big deal. some of you know about this and some don't so thought I should explain it.
On a lighter note.I do have my heat on and we are suppose to get in low 30's.Which means Bill will cover a few plants but will probably lose some.
I know low 30's is a heat wave to some of you.My buddy Katie said it was -15 where she is. But we are spoiled and this will be our first cold night. But w usually only have a few.