Know These Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy

Heart disease comes in many forms, and includes a condition called cardiomyopathy. This occurs when the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick or rigid, and in rare cases, muscle tissue is replaced with scar tissue. Early-stage sufferers may show no signs of the disease, but symptoms often reveal themselves as the condition worsens.

Here are common signs of a weakened heart:

  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing, especially when exerting yourself.
  • Your legs, ankles, feet, abdomen and neck veins are swollen.
  • You always feel fatigued.
  • Your heartbeats are rapid, pounding, or fluttering, which may indicate an irregularity in your heart rhythm.
  • You often feel dizzy, lightheaded or faint.
  • Chest pain, especially after a heavy meal or exerting yourself.

If you experience two or more of these symptoms regularly, consult with your doctor right away.

Tip courtesy of the American Heart Association[i]