Cardiomyopathy

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What is cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscle or a change in heart muscle structure. It is often associated with inadequate heart pumping or other heart function problems. Treatment and management is determined by the type and cause of cardiomyopathy.

Common symptoms reported by people with cardiomyopathy

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with cardiomyopathy

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Coreg)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lasix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fluid retention (edema) (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
cardiomyopathy (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

Data from patients with cardiomyopathy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with cardiomyopathy

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Coreg)
Perceived effectiveness
for cardiomyopathy (2 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lasix)
Perceived effectiveness
for fluid retention (edema) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fluid retention (edema) (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for cardiomyopathy (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dizziness new daily persistent headache
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
cardiomyopathy (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
lethargy
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
crying easily increased sleepiness 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with cardiomyopathy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has cardiomyopathy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 16
30s 76
40s 119
50s 135
60s 111
70+ 51
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 18
20-29 years 26
30-39 years 44
40-49 years 47
50-59 years 25
60-69 years 6
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 213
Female 295

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 228
Not Diagnosed 8

These charts show data from cardiomyopathy patients who have completed their condition history
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