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Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: Here’s What you Should Know

About:

It is the condition in which the heart muscles become weak due to heart attack or coronary artery disease.

Coronary Artery Disease, in the case of women, develops at least 7 to 10 years later than in men. But, it can be fatal and is majorly responsible for female mortality.(1)

- Cannot be self-diagnosed
- Treatment options available
- Imaging, scan and tests are required
- Long-term: may resolve within months or could take more time in some cases depending on the damage. However, many fatal risks are associated once diagnosed

If Ischemic Cardiomyopathy is not treated at the right time it can lead to heart failure, blood clot and even death. In the case of Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, the left ventricle of the heart gets dilated, enlarged and weakened. This creates an obstruction for the heart to pump blood properly, resulting in heart failure.

Symptoms

Fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting in some cases.
Breathing trouble- experiencing shortness of breath
Angina- which refers to pressure and chest pain
Abnormal heart rates
Swelling in legs, feet or abdomen
Coughing
Sleeping trouble
Gaining weight

Treatment

Self-care - Maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Follow a diet which is generally low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Quitting alcohol and smoking.

Medicines - Medicines may be given to control blood pressure and heart rate, to control cholesterol.

Specialists- Doctor may recommend heart surgery, implantation of a pacemaker, insertion of a stent, balloon angioplasty or radiation therapy depending on the condition. For other concerns, consult a cardiologist. At mfine, you will receive a holistic treatment plan for optimum health.

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