Treating Cardiomyopathy (Heart Muscle Disease)
When you’re a patient at Providence, we help you feel better today and reduce your risk of more serious disease tomorrow. We work with you to create a personalized plan to treat your cardiomyopathy. This plan includes everything from diagnosis and treatment to the post-care support you need to feel your best. The result is compassionate, whole-person care for your body, mind and spirit.
Why Choose Us for Cardiomyopathy Care?
At Providence, we see the life in you. We are committed to making a positive difference in every life we touch.
More About Cardiomyopathy
Cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscle that makes it pump blood less effectively to the rest of the body. Often this can result in an enlarged heart and eventually lead to heart failure. Cardiomyopathy often progresses over time, but healthy lifestyle choices can help manage its symptoms or slow its progression. The expert cardiac teams at Providence use the most effective therapies to treat patients with every type of cardiomyopathy, including myocarditis.
Testing and Diagnostics
Your heart care team uses many different methods to find out which therapies work best for you. They look at your symptoms, other medical conditions and overall health. They also use the most advanced diagnostics to evaluate your condition. Depending on your case, this may include one or more of the following:
- Blood test
- Chest X-ray
- CT imaging
- Diagnostic heart catheterization
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
- Event recorder
- Exercise stress test/treadmill stress test
- MRI (cardiac)
- Nuclear stress test/myocardial perfusion imaging
- PET scan
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
Personalized Treatment for Cardiomyopathy
We know that no two patients are the same. This is why your care team works with you to design an individualized treatment plan based specifically on your heart condition and your personal needs. Every treatment plan includes lifestyle changes to support your recovery and long-term heart health.
Your care plan may include one or more of the following therapies:
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
- Heart transplant
- Implantable cardio defibrillator (ICD)
- Prescription medications
- Septal myectomy
- Ventricular assist devices (LVAD, RVAD, VAD)
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Learn How Our Doctors Are Impacting Patients
When end-stage heart failure sent our patient Greg Soumokil to Providence, he didn’t have time to wait for a heart transplant. His Providence care team implanted a SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, a technology so innovative that fewer than 20 patients nationwide had one at the time. Greg was able to return home while he waited for a transplant.
When our patient Tim Kingsbury’s wife rushed him to a Providence ER, tests showed he had an enlarged heart. Using highly advanced technology, his care team gave Tim an Impella pump implant to boost his heart’s activity. Soon he was back to enjoying his active lifestyle.
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