Brochure for Patients who have been prescribed a Defibrillator
Guide for Patients who have a Defibrillator
Cardiomyopathy affects the heart muscle itself. “Cardio” means heart and “myopathy” means muscle disease. There are several types of cardiomyopathy. The two most common forms are dilated cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
People with cardiomyopathy often go on to develop more serious heart conditions:
Both dilated cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to more serious heart conditions — such as heart failure and sudden cardiac death.
Your doctor can tell you if you have DCM or are at risk for HCM. Knowing your risks is the first step toward getting treated. And the proper treatment can often help you live a longer, better life.