Cardiomyopathy causes heart muscle to enlarge or thicken. As a result, your heart struggles to pump blood and grows weaker. Many people don’t know they have this potentially dangerous heart condition, which is why care from experienced heart experts is so important. At the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cardiovascular Institute, we offer comprehensive, personalized care for all types of cardiomyopathy.
Types of cardiomyopathy
We treat all types of cardiomyopathy, including:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: A common cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is often inherited.
- Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM): The most common type of cardiomyopathy, DCM mostly affects adults ages 20 to 60. The cause of DCM is unknown, but it can be inherited.
- Restrictive cardiomyopathy: This condition may be brought on by diseases, such as connective tissue disorder, or cancer treatments.
Cardiomyopathy treatments at AHN: why choose us?
Our physicians assess your cardiomyopathy type, symptoms, and overall health to develop your personalized care plan. We offer:
- Medication management: Depending on your unique situation, your physician may prescribe medications to manage blood pressure, arrhythmias, or blood clotting.
- Support services: We offer a variety of support services to promote better health, including integrative medicine, nutrition and wellness programs, and smoking cessation.
- Surgical procedures: Not everyone who has cardiomyopathy needs surgery. If you need surgery, your physician will determine the best option for you. We expertly perform:
- Septal myectomy: During this open-heart surgery, your surgeon removes part of the thickened septum, which separates the heart’s upper chambers, to improve blood flow.
- Mechanical circulatory support: We offer a range of heart support devices to help your heart pump blood, including ventricular assist devices (VADs). Learn more about mechanical circulatory support.
- Arrhythmia devices: Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) help your heart maintain a normal rhythm. Learn more about treatments for heart arrhythmias.
- Heart transplant: If heart failure becomes severe, you may need a heart transplant. AHN’s heart transplant program is among the best in the country.