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Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Overview)

Abnormality of the heart muscle which can cause heart failure or potentially lethal changes in heart rhythm.


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Is hcm (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) hereditary?

Is hcm (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) hereditary?

Yes: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is frequently inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern meaning that an affected individual has a 50:50 chance of passing the condition to their children. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
430 doctors shared insights

Cardiomyopathy (Overview)

Abnormality of the heart muscle which can cause heart failure or potentially lethal changes in heart rhythm.


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Can you use stem cells to heal cardiomyopathies in children?

Can you use stem cells to heal cardiomyopathies in children?

Clinical Trial Now: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more

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Could dilated cardiomyopathy called apical cardiomyopathy?

Could dilated cardiomyopathy called apical cardiomyopathy?

Different: Typically, when the modifier "apical" is added to cardiomyopathy, it refers to a type of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Generally, dilated cardiomopathy is thought of as a distinct and separate class of diseases from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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How does cardiomyopathy due to friedreich's ataxia affect the heart?

How does cardiomyopathy due to friedreich's ataxia affect the heart?

Heart swells: A cardiomyopathy of any sort will cause the heart to become much bigger as seen on x-ray. Since the heart muscle is affected its power to contract is limited. The prototype for a cardiomyopathy is beriberi so be sure to ask the doctor whether this is a possibility. ...Read more

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Is dilated cardiomyopathy reversible?

Is dilated cardiomyopathy reversible?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is. Milder forms can be controlled with medications, which is the majority of patients, and a normal lifestyle is quite possible. The most severe cases may be eligible for heart transplantation, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is alcoholic cardiomyopathy reversible?

Is alcoholic cardiomyopathy reversible?

For a while it is: Early on, it's one of the more reversible causes of cardiomyopathy. After enough time has passed (which is variable), it becomes irreversible. Anyone who drinks large amounts of alcohol and has a depressed ejection fraction should stop immediately. ...Read more

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Please explain compensated heart failure/ dilated cardiomyopathy.

Complex: One or more chambers of the heart becomes dilated (frequently from uncontrolled blood pressure, mi, or bad valves). The heart gradually becomes insufficient as a pump, usually because one side gets behind in it's work, then pressure rises within the heart, lungs, or peripheral circulation. Medication to improve the pump and/or reduce the volume to be pumped can compensate for the deficiency. ...Read more

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Is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy serious?

Is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy serious?

Yes: Among young individuals, it is one of the leading causes of sudden death. A complete assessment by a cardiologist familiar with the condition can identify and recommend treatemtnto reduce the risk of sudden death. ...Read more

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How are alcoholic cardiomyopathy and congestive cardiomyopathy different?

Cardiomyopathy: Congestive cardiomyopathy generally has a dilated heart with decreased ejection fraction causing congestive heart failure. When this condition is caused by alcohol, we call it alcoholic cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy uncurable?

Probably not: If the diagnosis is correct, all forms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy aren't curable in the sense that it will just get better and go away. However, apical hcm tends to have a much better overall prognosis and fewer symptoms, with a long life expectancy. ...Read more

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Does dilated cardiomyopathy = heart transplant?

Does dilated cardiomyopathy = heart transplant?

No: Depending on the cause, medical treatment with beta blockers, an ace inhibitor or acecreceptor blocker can reverse the process. However, some patients are beyon medical therapy and need a transplant. ...Read more

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What is hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Heart disease: Obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic disorder that is one of the leading causes of sudden cardiac death in young people, particularly athletes. It is quite rare, but can be devastating in its ability to produce fatal arrhythmias. It is also a serious cause of heart failure due to decreased blood flow through the aortic valve to due obstruction of flow by the ventricular septum. ...Read more

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What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

IT IS A DISEASE OF: Your heart musclein which a part of the heart muscle is thickened or hypertrophied without any obvious cause. It is better known for causing silent, sudden cardiac death in otherwise healthy young people and athletes. Younger people are likely to have a more severe form of hcm. It is frequently free of symptoms until sudden cardiac death, and for this reason some suggest screening these youngsters. ...Read more

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Ventricular fibrillation fatal?

Ventricular fibrillation fatal?

Possibly..: In ventricular fibrillation, vfib, the heart is quivering and there is no blood flow so the person is clinically dead. If the heart cannot be restored to a rhythmn where there is blood flow, the patient will then be pronounced dead. Treatment for this rhythmn includes electrically shocking the heart as quickly as possible. Performing CPR in the meantime can be life-saving. ...Read more

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Is congestive heart failure inherited?

Is congestive heart failure inherited?

Sometimes inherited: Certain causes of congestive heart failure are inherited (example genetic enzyme deficiencies leading to dilated cardiomyopathy or hypertension which can may directly or indirectly lead to chf). CHF has multiple other causes including acquired injuries to the heart (like in coronary disease) wherein genetics play a role as one of the risks. ...Read more

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Why is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy dangerous?

Why is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy dangerous?

Risk of death: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of death among young athletes. Further, individuals with this condition are at risk for sudden death even if they do not participate in sports. ...Read more

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