Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a problem in which the heart
muscle becomes stiff and cannot fully expand to let enough blood enter its
chambers. Blood that would normally enter the heart backs up in the circulatory
system instead of getting pumped out to the body.
In most cases,
restrictive cardiomyopathy leads to heart failure. Heart failure means that
your heart can't pump enough blood to meet your body's needs.
cause of restrictive cardiomyopathy is often not known. But a number of
diseases can lead to restrictive cardiomyopathy. Symptoms of restrictive
cardiomyopathy happen if a person gets heart failure. Heart failure symptoms
include shortness of breath, feeling weak and tired, and swollen legs and
The treatment of restrictive cardiomyopathy includes
medicine and lifestyle changes. Treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms of
heart failure and slowing its progression.
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology