Pediatric cardiomyopathy care in Denver, Colorado
At Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC), we know any type of pediatric heart condition, especially cardiomyopathy, can be concerning for parents. Our pediatric heart specialists in Denver are experts in diagnosing and treating this condition, and we provide comprehensive care close-to-home.
For more information about cardiomyopathy care, please call us at (303) 563-3300.
What is cardiomyopathy?
Cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart loses its ability to pump blood effectively. In some instances, the heart rhythm becomes disturbed and leads to heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Cardiomyopathy can be due to a number of causes, including viral infections, genetics and certain medications. Often, the exact cause of the muscle disease is never found.
Cardiomyopathy is a rare occurrence in children—about one in 100,000 children are diagnosed with the condition, according to the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry. Because of its rarity and severity, it is essential to choose a children’s hospital that has extensive experience with pediatric cardiomyopathy. Early, accurate diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent future complications associated with the condition.
RMHC is home to expert pediatric heart specialists in Denver who diagnosis and treat pediatric cardiomyopathy. We also offer an adult congenital heart disease program in which we provide on-going care for pediatric patients with various types of heart diseases throughout adulthood.
Pediatric cardiomyopathy symptoms
Cardiomyopathy symptoms in children often mirror those of a heart arrhythmia or illness. Some children may have no symptoms at all, while other children may experience:
- Shortness of breath or fast breathing
- Chest pain
- Dizziness and/or fainting
- Irregular heartbeat
- Abdominal bloating or swelling