Signs Of A Weak Heart
Cardiomyopathy is the medical term for a weak heart and it is one the most serious of heart diseases that claim many lives every year. Cardiomyopathy occurs when the cardiac muscles succumb to a viral infection and becomes inflamed. This impairs proper functioning of the heart and one of its consequences is reduced cardiac output, thus the condition is called a weak heart in layman term. Signs of a weak heart include occasional shortness or difficulty of breathing especially when a person engages in strenuous activities, chest pain, and abnormal heart rhythms which can be reflected in electrocardiogram readings.
Cardiomyopathy is classified as primary and secondary. Primary cardiomyopathy usually doesn’t have a perceptible triggering factor until the condition worsens. Secondary ones are usually triggered by hypertension, vascular diseases or congenital heart conditions.
Having a weak heart slows down blood flow to your ticker and to the rest of the body as well. Since the blood that flows all throughout the system is slower than the supposed regular speed, chances are, it could lead to clotting. Blood clots in the arteries or thrombi can form, and if these clots dislodge and block blood vessels, they are then called emboli, which can be very fatal if not given immediate medical attention immediately. These emboli can block important arteries to the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, periphery, and brain.
Children with weak hearts usually exhibit signs of the condition as early as their preschool years. Stunted growth is one, skeletal muscle defects, and they are also more susceptible to bacterial infections. If blood work is done for a child with suspected cardiomyopathy, mitochondrial abnormalities and metabolic imbalances can be detected.
In the long run, the signs and symptoms of a weak heart is not easy to detect. In some circumstances, it can even be a silent killer. There are individuals who find out that they have the condition when it already exacerbates and exhibit worse complications.