Restricted cardiomyopathy is a condition because of which the heart muscle becomes stiff and does not enlarge properly. Restrictive cardiomyopathy can be caused by several diseases or conditions. This article will cover common causes of this disease and other information that you should know.
While medical research has made great advances against many diseases, the causes of restrictive cardiomyopathy are still unknown in most cases. Even though the underlying causes are unknown, medical authorities have found that there are several disease processes known to result in a specific type of restrictive cardiomyopathy. If you have restrictive cardiomyopathy (RC) and are wondering what diseases can cause RC, your questions may be answered in this informative guide.
Common Causes of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a disease that causes the heart muscle to become stiff and thick. This makes it harder for the heart to pump blood through the body.
Several diseases can cause restrictive cardiomyopathy, but they all have something in common: they damage the muscles of your heart.
These diseases include:
This thyroid condition can cause a weakening of the heart’s muscles, making them less efficient at pumping blood through the body.
This disease causes inflammation in the lungs, which can spread to other organs of the body (including the heart). This inflammation can cause scarring and damage to the heart muscle.
This disease occurs when abnormal proteins build up in tissues all over the body, including those that make up your heart muscle. The proteins collect in your heart’s ventricles and make it difficult for blood to flow through them properly.
4. Dilated cardiomyopathy:
This is a common cause of restrictive cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy affects the left ventricle, which is one of your heart’s chambers. The left ventricle pumps oxygen-rich blood out to your body. When this part of your heart becomes enlarged or stretched out, it doesn’t function as well. As a result, less blood gets pumped out from it when you breathe in (inhalation). This can make you feel short of breath or tired during everyday activities such as walking or climbing stairs.
5. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy:
This disease affects both sides of your heart muscle the left ventricle and right ventricle and makes them stiffer than normal so they don’t expand as much when you breathe in (inhalation). It also makes them narrower than normal so less blood can flow through them.
6. Fibrosis and scarring:
Fibrosis or scarring of the heart muscle can be caused by infections, radiation therapy, or other medical treatments for cancer or other diseases.
7. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD):
This condition can cause lung damage that also affects your heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently through your body’s circulatory system.