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Stress Cardiomyopathy Treatment

Because stress cardiomyopathy can often mimic a heart attack, many patients may initially be treated using heart attack treatments. The treatment for stress cardiomyopathy involves largely supportive care while the heart gets stronger and the blood pressure improves. Once it has been identified that stress cardiomyopathy is the cause of the patient’s condition, treatments may include:

  • Medication to help remove fluid from the lungs
  • Medications to help improve the blood pressure
  • Blood thinners to help prevent blood clots and strokes
  • Being placed on a ventilator or an intra-aortic balloon pump (to help the heart temporarily pump blood) for the very sickest patients.

Once patients recover, they are encouraged to eat a proper diet and explore methods to manage stress, such as through exercise, supportive relationships, and meditation.