Cardiomyopathy In Fibromyalgia

Cardiomyopathy comes in varying types and severity. In most cases, the symptoms of cardiomyopathy may not be obvious for some and may even come and go on its own for others. Not everyone who suffers from cardiomyopathy needs treatment and can still lead a healthy life. However, for some, the disease can escalate quickly and shows severe symptoms and complications, when left untreated.

Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy include:

  • Being dizzy or lightheaded
  • Feeling faint during exercise
  • Chest pain following exercise or large meals
  • Irregular heartbeat or arrhythmias
  • Heart murmurs

Severe Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure showing signs of:

  • Breathing difficulties during exercise
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in various body parts e.g. legs, ankles and feet, abdomen and neck veins

What Causes Cardiomyopathy In fibromyalgia

There are so many things that can lead to cardiomyopathy. Chronic high blood pressure, infections, drug abuse, as well as autoimmune diseases can all lead to this condition. But what is more interesting is that cardiomyopathy is found in some people who have fibromyalgia. There has been no study that can explain this yet, however, the fact that some believe that fibromyalgia is a type of autoimmune disease might be the clue. As mentioned, autoimmune diseases could lead to cardiomyopathy. Hence, if it is really true that fibromyalgia is a type of autoimmune condition, this can be the reason of cardiomyopathy in fibromyalgia.

An FDA survey reported that 70% of fibromyalgia patients who also suffer from cardiomyopathy are female over the age of 50. Hence, suggesting that this group of patients is most susceptible to cardiomyopathy in fibromyalgia. The report also states that Lyrica is the most common medication administered in fibro patients who has cardiomyopathy at 36%. However, there were no analysis and explanation to the findings and research is needed to draw any conclusion.

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