Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that decreases the heart's ability to pump blood. It is a leading cause of heart failure and the most common reason for a person to need a heart transplant.
Unlike other congenital heart conditions, there is no surgical treatment or “cure” that can repair the damaged heart or the stop the progression of the disease. Treatment options usually include:
- medication to improve the functioning of the heart
- ventricular assist devices for children with arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)
- heart transplant for children who do not respond well to medical management
Learn more about cardiomyopathy and how Children’s cares for children with cardiomyopathy.