- by Dr. Sunil Dwivedi
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- Apr 07 2017
Complications of CARDIOMYOPATHY -diseases of the heart muscle
Other conditions arising due to cardiomyopathy are:
- Heart failure. In this condition your heart can't pump enough blood to meet your body's needs. The ability of the thickened, stiffened or weakened heart muscle due to cardiomyopathy is reduced for pumping. Heart failure can be life-threatening if left untreated.
- Blood clots. You're more likely to have blood clots form in your heart if you have cardiomyopathy because your heart can't pump effectively. Blood clots coming out of your heart can enter your bloodstream, and block the blood flow to other organs, including your heart and brain. Blood clots developing on the right side of your heartmay travel to your lungs (pulmonary embolism). Your doctor may prescribe a blood thinner (anticoagulant medication), such as aspirin, clopidogrel or warfarin to reduce your risk.
- Valve problems. Two of the heart's four valves — the mitral and tricuspid valves — may not close properly because people with dilated cardiomyopathy have an enlarged heart. This can lead to a backward flow of blood. This flow creates sounds called heart murmurs.
- Cardiac arrest and sudden death. Abnormal heart rhythms can arise out of all forms of cardiomyopathy. Some of them are too slow to keep blood flowing through your heart effectively, and some are too fast to allow the heart to beat properly. These abnormal heart rhythms, in either case, can result in fainting or, in some cases, sudden death if your heart stops beating.
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