Heart and Blood Conditions
Cardiomyopathy Symptoms and Diagnosis
Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy
Babies with cardiomyopathy may have these symptoms:
- Breathing difficulty (working hard to breathe)
- Having poor appetite or trouble feeding
- Failure to thrive
In older children, the first symptoms are often shortness of breath when active and feeling more tired than normal. Some children develop
. Other possible symptoms include fainting and chest pain.
If your child has an infection that causes cardiomyopathy, you may first notice symptoms of the infection. These symptoms can include fever or chills or feeling weak or achy.
As the heart gets weaker, other symptoms of
congestive heart failure
may develop, such as difficulty breathing, poor appetite with nausea or vomiting, or
To diagnose this condition, your doctor will examine your child and use a stethoscope to listen to their heart.
The doctor will ask for details about any symptoms your child has, their health history and your family health history.
To get more information about how their heart looks and works, your child will need some tests. Your doctor may use
to aid in the diagnosis. Sometimes the doctor needs more information and will order
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
of the heart.
Many times, lab tests (blood draws) are needed to help identify a cause for the cardiomyopathy and to assess how the body's other organ systems are handling the heart failure. In some cases,
will be needed.
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