What causes heart muscle disease?
The most common cause is coronary artery disease or heart attack.
This type involves abnormal thickening of your heart muscle, particularly affecting the muscle of your heart’s main pumping chamber (left ventricle).
How is heart muscle disease diagnosed?
- Chest X-ray. An image of your heart will show whether it’s enlarged.
- Echocardiogram. This uses sound waves to produce images of the heart, which show its size and its motions as it beats.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG).
- Treadmill stress test.
- Cardiac catheterization.
- Cardiac MRI.
- Cardiac CT scan.
- Blood tests.
What are 4 types of heart diseases?
There are many types of heart disease that affect different parts of the organ and occur in different ways.
- Congenital heart disease.
- Coronary artery disease.
- Dilated cardiomyopathy.
- Myocardial infarction.
- Heart failure.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
- Mitral regurgitation.
How long does a person live after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy?
A 2016 study estimated that about half of people who develop heart failure live beyond 5 years after being diagnosed. However, there is no simple answer for life expectancy rates, as the average life expectancy for each stage of CHF varies greatly.