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Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease in which the heart muscle becomes imflamed and doesn't work as well as it should. It can be inherited from passed generation. There are three main types of Cardiomyopathy: Dialated, Hypertrophic, and restrictive.

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Cardiomyopathy is caused by other heart problems (rapid heart rate, blood pressure),chemotherapy, drugs, and iron build up in your heart muscle. The cause of cardiomyopathy is mostly unkown but doctors are sometimes able to relate it too: long-term high blood pressure, heart valve problems, heart tissue damage from a previous heart attack, metabolic disorders(thyroid diseases or diabetes), nutritional deficiencies, pregancy, excessive use of alcohol, certain viral infections, and poor diet.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cardiomyopathy/DS00519/DSECTION=causes

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Sometimes if Cardiomyopathy shows no symptoms the person might not have to recieve any treatment. But for other people treatment is needed. There are a few goals to help prevent Cardiomyopathy: contol signs and symptoms, manage conditions that can lead to the disease, stopping the disease from getting worse, reducing complications.
Treatments include:
- lifestyle changes like reducing stress and anxiety
-healthy diet and physical activity
-surgeries to help the heart work better
-implanted devices to control and monitor heart
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/cm/cm_treatments.html


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Some people that have cardiomyopathy dont even though they have it in the early stages. As it advances symptoms become more clear.
Here are some signs and symptoms:
--breathlessness with exortion or even when at rest
--swelling of the legs, ankles or feet
--bloating of the abdominem
--fatigue
--irregular heartbeats: rapid, pounding or fluttering
--dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cardiomyopathy/DS00519/DSECTION=symptoms


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  • Cardiomyopathy can't be prevented but you lower your risk by just being healthy
  • Cardiomyopathy affects people of all ages
  • The severity varies from person to person, one person can have no signs or symptoms so they have no need for treatment, with someone else, the disease develops rapidly and severely,and serious complications occur such as death
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/cardiomyopathy/hic_what_is_cardiomyopathy.aspx