Treatment for this condition will depend on the type of Cardiomyopathy that has been identified. Some patients may not be required to have any treatment other than monitoring and regular review with Cardiology teams until symptoms present (if any at all).
However, treatment may be divided into medication-related and implantable cardiac device treatments. In some rare cases, the only treatment option available may be Cardiac transplantation or a heart transplant.
There are many medications that aid in the relief of symptoms caused by Cardiomyopathy, usually symptoms indicating heart failure, such as shortness of breath, irregular heart rates and swollen ankles or the prevention of rapid, dangerous heart rhythms. It is possible that patients may be prescribed multiple medications or none at all, depending on the individual patient condition as assessed by a medical team.
There may be a complicated regime that requires regular contact with General Physicians as well as Cardiologists, to assess the effectiveness of treatment and the potential for interactions with other medications being taken.
Medications may be put into the following classes:
In many patients with Cardiomyopathy may require implantation of a cardiac device. These may take the form of:
Cardiologist Electrophysiologist, Dr John Hayes discusses the benefits of Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy in the below video:
These cardiac devices may also have the ability to share important information about the condition of the heart, any arrhythmias that have been detected and in some cases, early detection of heart failure whilst at home, allowing intervention by the medical team2.
Dr John Hayes explains Remote Monitoring in the below video: