Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor may recommend adopting the following lifestyle changes to help you manage cardiomyopathy:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Lose weight if you're overweight.
  • Eat a healthy diet, including a variety of fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
  • Reduce the amount of salt in your diet, and aim for less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily.
  • Get modest exercise after discussing with your doctor the most appropriate program of physical activity.
  • Eliminate or minimize the amount of alcohol you drink. Specific recommendations will depend on the type of cardiomyopathy you have.
  • Try to manage your stress.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Take all your medications as directed by your doctor.
  • Go to your doctor for regular follow-up appointments.
March 17, 2015