(weak heart muscle)
A weakened heart muscle reduces the heart’s ability to pump efficiently and may result in an enlarged heart. This occurs in dilated cardiomyopathy, a common form of cardiomyopathy.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy occurs when a thickened heart muscle forces the heart to work harder. In restrictive cardiomyopathy, the heart muscle stiffens and loses function. Ischemic cardiomyopathy produces reduced heart pumping, usually due to coronary artery disease.
Cardiomyopathy arises from prolonged atrial fibrillation, genetics and other sources. The condition may be identified when patients are being evaluated for symptoms of congestive heart failure.
Cardiovascular patients at Abington Memorial Hospital benefit from advanced technology for diagnostics and treatment. Patients with cardiomyopathy may receive treatments for their underlying conditions or for heart failure.
For expertise on diagnosing and treating all types of cardiomyopathy, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center, including the Comprehensive Heart Failure Program and Heart Rhythm Center.