Restrictive cardiomyopathy

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Read about restrictive cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle becomes very stiff and cannot pump blood effectively.

Key points

  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy is the most serious type of cardiomyopathy.
  • In restrictive cardiomyopathy, the heart muscle becomes very stiff and does not stretch in the relaxation phase when it needs to fill with blood.
  • Children with this condition will have symptoms of congestive heart failure.
  • This condition is difficult to treat with medication and may require a heart transplant.
Last updated: October 26th 2018