Cardiomyopathy is a disease that causes the heart muscle to become enlarged, thick or stiff. Over time, the heart becomes weaker, which makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and keep a steady rhythm.
We provide closely coordinated care to people who are experiencing cardiomyopathy. We diagnose and treat cardiomyopathy using the latest tools and technologies available today, including the most advanced minimally invasive surgeries and every artificial heart device on the market.
Cardiomyopathy can develop because of genetic (inherited) traits or because of other health conditions, especially heart diseases or injuries.
Other types of cardiomyopathy are not necessarily related to coronary artery disease or heart attack. These include:
Eventually, cardiomyopathy can lead to other conditions, such as heart failure, arrhythmia, heart valve disease or sudden cardiac arrest. That’s why it’s important to see your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
Sometimes, cardiomyopathy’s cause is genetic (inherited). For other people, cardiomyopathy develops because of other health conditions. The cause isn’t always known.
People in certain groups may have a higher risk of developing cardiomyopathy. Known risk factors include:
Most people are diagnosed with cardiomyopathy because they experience symptoms. For others, a doctor detects cardiomyopathy during other medical procedures or testing.
To provide a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan, we may use tests and diagnostic procedures such as:
Learn more about heart and vascular testing and diagnosis at Aurora.
If you’re diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. We’ll also help you and your family to understand your condition and what to expect.
We might suggest treatments including:
At Aurora, our doctors are among the most experienced heart surgeons in Wisconsin, offering treatments that include:
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