PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
If you eliminate lifestyle habits that can contribute to dilated cardiomyopathy, you may prevent or minimize effects of the disease:
- If you smoke, quit.
- Don't drink alcohol, or drink in moderation.
- Don't use cocaine or other illegal drugs.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Follow an exercise regimen recommended by your doctor.
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