Cardiomyopathy is a condition that affects the heart muscle, making it difficult for it to pump blood efficiently. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, and irregular heartbeats. Diagnosis is typically made through physical exams, electrocardiograms, X-rays, and echocardiograms. Treatment options depend on the type and severity of cardiomyopathy, but may include medications, lifestyle changes, cardiac assistive devices, and surgery. Additionally, lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, and following a healthy diet can also help to improve the symptoms and management of cardiomyopathy.