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I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, what is the likelihood that i would need a heart transplant?

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Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
What is the EF?: Cardiomyopathy is a generic term that can caused by a variety of medical conditions. The functional condition of the heart, often called the ejection fraction gives an estimate of the severity. The degree of impairment and the causative problem are what dictates the need for transplantation.
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: Depends on the severity , symptoms , underlying cause and response or lack of response to treatment. A cardiologist can outline a treatment plan for you.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Small but real: Most patients with cardiomyopathy recover. A small number have progressive disease that destroys heart function. You should discuss this with your cardiologist that made the diagnosis.

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