What is obliterative cardiomyopathy?
a cardiomyopathy characterized by a stiff myocardium and diastolic dysfunction.
What is restrictive heart disease?
Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is a condition where the chambers of the heart become stiff over time. Though the heart is able to squeeze well, it’s not able to relax between beats normally. This makes it harder for the heart to fill with blood.
Can you reverse restrictive cardiomyopathy?
Doctors may be able to treat the condition that is causing restrictive cardiomyopathy, but the heart problem itself generally cannot be reversed. Doctors currently have no way of repairing severely damaged heart muscle. So the treatment goal is mainly controlling the symptoms of restrictive cardiomyopathy.
How is nonischemic cardiomyopathy diagnosed?
Echocardiography is the primary modality for evaluating left ventricular function as well as valvular and diastolic function. Advanced techniques including pulsed tissue Doppler and 3-D imaging have added diagnostic and prognostic information when evaluating nonischemic cardiomyopathy.
How amyloidosis cause restrictive cardiomyopathy?
Restrictive cardiomyopathy is not usually inherited and its cause is often unknown. Known causes include: Build-up of scar tissue (idiopathic is the most common cause) Build-up of abnormal proteins (amyloidosis) in the heart muscle.
How long can you live with restrictive cardiomyopathy?
Outlook (Prognosis) The outlook depends on the cause of the condition, but it is usually poor. Survival after diagnosis may exceed 10 years.
Can you live a normal life with restrictive cardiomyopathy?
Many people with restrictive cardiomyopathy have no symptoms or only minor symptoms, and live a normal life. Other people develop symptoms, which progress as heart function worsens. Symptoms occur at any age and may include: Shortness of breath (at first with exercise; but over time it occurs at rest)