One of the most serious and life-threatening of all heart diseases is cardiomyopathy, which causes the heart to pump blood incorrectly. While there are no obvious signs of cardiomyopathy for you to spot or monitor, you are more likely to develop this disease if you have an irregular heartbeat, are African-American, diabetic, or if there is a history of cardiomyopathy in your family. If you possess any of these risk factors, then be sure to discuss your chances of developing cardiomyopathy with your stroke care and cardiovascular care specialist.
As your stroke care physician will share with you, there are actually two different types of cardiomyopathy, ischemic and non-ischemic. The former is the most common, however non-ischemic is just as life-threatening and can be broken down into a further three categories itself. These three categories include dilated, hypertrophic, and restrictive cardiomyopathy, with each differing in the ways that it damages heart tissue and muscle. If you're ready to learn more about how Doctors Hospital of Sarasota can help you get the stroke care you require or if you have questions about our cancer care of breast care services, call us at (888) 685-1596.