Posted 12/10/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -6)
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Did your Doctor tell you what type of cardiomyopathy you have ? The overall goals of treatment for cardiomyopathy are to manage your signs and symptoms, prevent your condition from worsening, and reduce your risk of complications. Treatment varies by which of the major types of cardiomyopathy you have.
I will take a wild guess here as I suspect you have restrictive cardiomyopathy but remember I am not a Doctor.
Treatment for restrictive cardiomyopathy focuses on improving symptoms. Your doctor will recommend you pay careful attention to your salt and water intake and monitor your weight daily. Your doctor may also recommend you take diuretics if sodium and water retention becomes a problem. You may be prescribed medications to lower your blood pressure and control fast or irregular heart rhythms.
I suspect you found an article with ICD 9 codes which have nothing to do with your physician's diagnosis per se'. ICD means International Statistical Classifications of Diseases. ICD codes are alphanumeric designations given to every diagnosis, description of symptoms etc. They are often used by medical records when billing insurance companies etc.
Yes, get a second opinion. Take care and stick with us.
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