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Cardiomyopathy (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

It is not normal to have chest pain or shortness of breath and persons experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care.

Swelling of the feet, ankles, and legs; increasing shortness of breath on exertion; difficulty lying flat and wakening in the middle of the night due to shortness of breath all may be symptoms of congestive heart failure. These symptoms should prompt a consultation with a health care practitioner.

It is also not normal to ever be partially or completely unconscious. A person who faints or passes out due to a heart rhythm disturbance may be in a life-threatening situation. It may be necessary for bystanders to activate the emergency medical services, usually by phone calling 911.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2014

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