Restrictive Cardiomyopathy Treatment
Treatment for restrictive cardiomyopathy depends on the underlying cause. General measures for restrictive cardiomyopathy include a low cholesterol diet, low salt diet, exercise plan, weight reduction, elastic support stockings, and fluid restriction. Medications for restrictive cardiomyopathy may include diuretic medications, ACE inhibitors, nitrates, aspirin, and potassium supplements.
Treatment options for restrictive cardiomyopathy include:
- Healthy heart diet:
- Fluid restriction for congestive heart failure
- Elastic support stockings
- Exercise plan developed with your doctor.
- Stop smoking
- Heart transplant
- Cardiac pacemaker
Medications for the treatment of restrictive cardiomyopathy include:
- ACE inhibitor medication:
- Not tolerated in patients with amyloidosis
- Accupril (quinapril)
- Altace (ramipril)
- Capoten (captopril)
- Lotensin (benazepril)
- Mavik (trandolapril)
- Monopril (fosinopril)
- Prinivil (lisinopril)
- Univasc (moexipril)
- Vasotec (enalapril)
- Long-acting Nitroglycerin (Deponit, Nitrostat, Nitrol, Nitro-Bid)
- Hydralazine (Apresoline)
- Digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps)
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Restrictive Cardiomyopathy Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of restrictive cardiomyopathy.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having symptoms of heart failure again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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