Cardiomyopathy is a heart muscle condition that makes the flow of blood to the rest of the body more difficult for the heart. Heart failure can lead to cardiomyopathy. Dilated, hypertrophic, and restrictive cardiomyopathy are the principal types of cardiomyopathy. There might be no signs or symptoms in the early stages of cardiomyopathy. But as the condition advances, signs and symptoms usually appear, including: Breathlessness with exertion or even at rest Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet Bloating of the abdomen due to fluid buildup. The cause of the cardiomyopathy is often unknown. However, in some people this is the result of another condition (acquired) or passed on from a (inherited) parent. There are many different kinds of cardiomyopathy caused by a variety of factors, from coronary heart disease to certain medications. All of these may lead to heartbeat irregular, heart failure, heart valve malfunction, or other complications.  

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