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Cardiomyopathy is when the heart muscle becomes weak and enlarged, which makes it hard to pump blood through the body. There are many types of cardiomyopathies. Some make the heart muscle thicker, while others stretch the heart muscle thinner. As a result, the heart muscle doesn’t work as well.
Most of the time, the cause of the cardiomyopathy isn’t known. Cardiomyopathy can run in families or happen as a result of infections, nutritional deficiencies, or other conditions.
If it’s not treated, cardiomyopathy can lead to a life-threatening arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), heart valve problems, blood clots, and heart failure. Cardiomyopathy is the top reason for heart transplants in kids and teens.
Signs and symptoms associated with cardiomyopathy include:
Students with cardiomyopathy might need to:
They also might:
Schools might be required to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and have an easy-to-access automated external defibrillator (AED).
Support students with cardiomyopathy by encouraging them to join in all classroom activities, making changes as needed. They might need special considerations for missed instruction time, assignments, and testing.
Ask about any doctor-recommended restrictions before having students with cardiomyopathy do physical activities. Usually, they’re encouraged to get modest exercise. Watch for symptoms that need quick medical care, including trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or a rapid or irregular heartbeat.
Teachers should know CPR and also know about emergency care plans in case of a cardiac emergency.
Learn about cardiomyopathy, a disease in which the heart muscle becomes weak and enlarged, making it difficult to pump blood through the body.
The 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.
If 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.
The heart and circulatory system (also called the cardiovascular system) make up the network that delivers blood to the body’s tissues.
Your heart beats and sends oxygen throughout your entire body. Find out how it works and how heart problems can be fixed.
Watch this movie about your heart and circulatory system, which sends blood throughout your body.
Heart defects happen when there’s a problem with a baby’s heart development during pregnancy. Most heart defects can be treated during infancy.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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