Weak Heart Muscles – Heart Failure

A weak heart is caused by problems with the heart muscles. This is also known as cardiomyopathy.

The most common cause is a heart attack. Other causes are poorly controlled hypertension, diabetes or viral infection.

It may also be caused by hormonal imbalance like hyperthyoidism.

If you have weak heart muscles, physical activity may cause tiredness and shortness of breath.

Dizziness and swelling in the legs, ankle, or feet are also common with cardiomyopathy.

What are the symptoms?

  • tiredness
  • coughing when lying down
  • shortness of breath
  • irregular heartbeat
  • swelling in legs and stomach

If you have any of the above symptoms, call the clinic for an immediate consultation.

What are the treatment options?

The main aim of treatment is to control the symptoms and to improve the heart function.
It is important to take the correct medications for heart failure.
Medical and surgical device options are needed in some cases.

Call the clinic to find out if you need to undergo stenting or surgery which can improve the heart function.
Find out if you need pacemaker insertion or implantation of automated defibrilators which can be life saving.