There are several potential different causes for cardiomyopathy:
- Illicit substances such as amphetamines
- Genetics, as some types of cardiomyopathies may be genetically inherited
- Other health conditions such as cardiac sarcoidosis (lumps of cells and inflammation in the heart) and haemochromatosis (too much iron in the heart)
- Over-consumption of alcohol
- Prolonged hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Prolonged fast heart rate
- Heart attacks as damage to the heart muscle can occur
It is estimated that around 1 in 500 Australians have Cardiomyopathy, however numbers are considered not representative as early-stages of Cardiomyopathy may not present with any symptoms at all.
Cardiomyopathy and heart failure are the second-leading heart disease for hospital admissions in Australia.
Women in Australia have less hospitalisations than men for Cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
Signs and Symptoms
It does depend on which stage of Cardiomyopathy you have, as early stages of cardiomyopathy can sometimes present without symptoms.
If you have progressing Cardiomyopathy these are some of the symptoms you may experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in the feet and lower legs, also known as oedema
- Chest pain
- Abdominal bloating and swelling
Prevention and Support
Follow the links below to find out more about how you can help prevent and support loved ones who have experienced Cardiomyopathy