A to Z: Cardiomyopathyenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about cardiomyopathy, a disease in which the heart muscle becomes weak and enlarged, making it difficult to pump blood through the body.cardiomyopathy, heart muscle disease, enlarged heart, weak heart, arrhythmia, dysrhythmia, heart failure, heart transplant, dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, restrictive cardiomyopathy, heart, heart disease, heart problems, CD1Cardiology03/27/201312/20/201912/20/201999d420ed-7e8a-4482-a013-a6a3d0de03c5https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-cardiomyopathy.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cardiomyopathy.html/">Cardiomyopathy</a> (kar-dee-oh-my-OP-uh-thee) is a disease of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/heart.html/">heart</a> muscle. The muscle gets weak and larger than usual, making it hard to pump blood through the body. There are a few types of cardiomyopathy.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>People in all age groups can have cardiomyopathy. It can run in <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-genetics.html/">families</a> or develop from causes such as infections, coronary artery disease, or a shortage of healthy nutrients in the body. Drug and alcohol abuse and exposure to other harmful substances can also cause cardiomyopathy. Sometimes the cause isn't known.</p> <p>Symptoms of cardiomyopathy can include shortness of breath; tiredness; swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet; bloating; dizziness; and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fainting.html/">fainting</a>. Someone with cardiomyopathy may not notice the signs early on, but as the illness continues, so do the symptoms.</p> <p>Cardiomyopathy is a serious condition. If it's not treated, it can lead to serious&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/arrhythmias.html/">arrhythmia</a> (irregular heartbeat), heart valve problems, blood clots, and even heart failure (when the heart is too weak to pump enough blood to the body).</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>There is no cure for cardiomyopathy, but doctors can treat it. Lifestyle changes, medicines, and devices put in the heart during surgery can help manage symptoms and stop the disease from getting worse. Someone with severe cardiomyopathy might need a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/heart-transplant.html/">heart transplant</a>.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
CardiomyopathyCardiomyopathy is when the heart muscle becomes weak and enlarged, which makes it difficult to pump blood through the body. There’s usually no cure for the condition in children, but it can be treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cardiomyopathy.html/5b4f304e-1574-4ace-9820-6a44cbada41e
Cardiomyopathy Factsheet (for Schools)What teachers should know about cardiomyopathy and what they can do to help students with the condition succeed in school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cardiomyopathy-factsheet.html/0b944d75-e23f-4b7a-aca5-9a6620999380
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is the use of a machine to do the work that the heart and lungs normally do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ecmo.html/309987fb-cf77-426b-88eb-081f220aa509
Heart DiseaseHeart disease, also called cardiovascular disease, mainly affects older people. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/heart-disease.html/74747da9-ead7-47d6-9fe3-5d0eb8200a4d
Heart MurmursHeart murmurs are very common, and most are no cause for concern and won't affect a child's health.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/murmurs.html/9e6ab8dd-2a20-40ab-8625-3e956311e737
Heart and Circulatory SystemThe heart and circulatory system are our body's lifeline, delivering blood to the body's tissues. Brush up on your ticker with this body basics article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/heart.html/52398b6a-54a6-4272-a569-42ed5b12aeac
When Your Child Needs a Heart TransplantIf your child needs a heart transplant, you're probably feeling lots of emotions. Fortunately, many kids who undergo heart transplants go on to live normal, healthy lives.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/heart-transplant.html/0c94f853-a992-413c-b67f-2ed97ac42ec6
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