Cardiomyopathy | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of cardiomyopathy?

Symptoms of cardiomyopathy may be the same as the symptoms of heart failure. These include the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing, especially while lying down
  • Edema (swelling) of the feet, ankles and legs
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting


Cardiomyopathy: An Overview by Randy Wexler, MD, MPH; Terry Elton, PhD; Adam Pleister, MD; and David Feldman, MD, PhD (American Family Physician May 01, 2009,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09