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When the heart fails to contract properly oxygenated blood is not pumped adequately to the tissues and organs of the body. This inability to deliver oxygen to body tissues can lead to generalized weakness and fatigue. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath on exertion or chest pain.
If there is an electrical rhythm disturbance associated with the cardiomyopathy, abnormal heartbeats may cause palpitations and the sensation of an occasional skipped heart beat or lethal heart rhythms, such as ventricular fibrillation.
Over a period of time, cardiomyopathy can lead to significant decrease in ejection fraction and cardiac output leading to heart failure. Symptoms may include increasing shortness of breath and swelling of the feet, ankles, and legs.
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