Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is characterized by ventricular walls without compliance, which resist the diastolic filling; usually the left ventricle, or both ventricles may be affected. The symptoms are fatigue and dyspnea on exertion. The diagnosis is made by echocardiography and cardiac catheterization. The treatment is often unsatisfactory and is best directed at the cause. Surgical procedures are sometimes useful. RCM is the form of cardiomyopathy with the lowest prevalence. It…

September 3, 2018