Q: What is Cardiomyopathy?
A: It is a disease of the heart muscle.
Q: Are there different forms of Cardiomyopathy?
A: Yes, there are several different forms of Cardiomyopathy, but the three main types are:
- Hypertrophic – thickening of the heart
- Dilated – disease-affected muscle fiber that can lead to an enlarged heart
- Restrictive – stiffness of the heart muscles
Q: Which type of Cardiomyopathy does AmericanFFC’s founder have?
A: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. A rare heart disease usually inherited that causes thickness of the heart. The thickness of heart makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood in and out of the heart chambers.
Q: Are there any symptoms?
A: Not always, but some of the symptoms that are associated with this heart disease are shortness of breath, heart murmur, fatigue, chest discomfort, enlarged heart, hypertension, etc. It is important that a patient seek professional medical help to find out if they have the disease so appropriate tests can be performed.
Unfortunately, the first symptom most people discover is a heart attack. This is why ready access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) is so important.
Q: Who is at risk for Cardiomyopathy?
Anyone can be at risk for Cardiomyopathy. There are no race, gender, or age biases with this heart disease.
Cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in people under 30, and is a leading cause of death among student athletes. When you read about a child suddenly dying during a basketball or football game, the cause is usually undiagnosed Cardiomyopathy.
Q: How can this heart disease be detected?
A: Your physician would have to perform several tests to detect this heart disease.
However once detected, the severity of the heart’s condition will determine the
appropriate measures that need to be taken.
Q: What is the impact of a Cardiomyopathy diagnosis?
Some people’s daily lives are minimally
impacted by this disease. Others may need to have
surgery, take medication(s) and/or have devices implanted implantable devices such as a defibrillator or pacemaker.
Q: What did AmericanFFC’s founder have to do once diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?
A: He now has to take one medication to relax the heart and control his hypertension
(high blood pressure). After having open heart surgery to carve out some of the
heart muscle, he was implanted with a dual device-defibrillator and pacemaker. He is also now monitored through a home monitoring device.
Q: Where can I learn more about Cardiomyopathy?
Your doctor is the best source of information, and you are encouraged to discuss concerns with them. The Mayo Clinic also provides good information at their website.