Cardiomyopathy - restrictive; Infiltrative cardiomyopathy
When the cause of any cardiomyopathy can be found, that condition is treated.
Few treatments are known to be effective for restrictive cardiomyopathy. The main goal of treatment is to control symptoms and improve quality of life.
The following treatments may be used to control symptoms or prevent problems:
- Blood thinning medications, either aspirin or warfarin
- Chemotherapy (in some situations)
- Diuretics to remove fluid and help improve breathing
- Medications to prevent or control irregular or abnormal heart rhythms
- Steroids for specific causes
People with restrictive cardiomyopathy may be heart transplant candidates. The outlook depends on the cause of the condition, but it is usually poor. Average survival after diagnosis is 9 years.
- Progressive heart failure
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of restrictive cardiomyopathy.