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How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your health?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Impaired heart: The weakened heart muscle causes symptoms related to heart failure, such as shortness of breath, easy fatigue, leg swelling etc. And there is a risk of heart arrhythmia. If severe enough other organs began to fail because of impaired pumping function of the heart. There are treatments however to address these problems.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Why does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your ef?

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Dr. David Malpass
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Sick heart muscle: The ef is the ejection fraction, a measurement of heart function that estimates the percent of the blood volume that is ejected with each heart beat. Normal is usually > 50%. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle is sick and functions poorly. Because the heart muscle is weakened, it can't pump normally and therefore ejects less blood with each heart beat. Thus a low ef.
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How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your body?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Many ways: The output of your heart is reduced so that you might get short of breath, your feet and abdomen could swell, your liver can enlarge and get congested, fluid can accumulate in your lungs, your heart will enlarge. Your lips and fingers may look bluish if the oxygen in the blood drops. Since the output of the heart becomes low, all the other organs can be affected.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What parts of the body does dilated cardiomyopathy affect?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Heart: Dilated means enlarged or stretched out. Cardio= relating to heart myo= muscle pathy= disease or weakening. So dilated cardiomyopathy is an enlarged heart with weak muscle. Although only the heart muscle is weak, it can affect every part of the body if the delivery of blood is diminished as in congestive heart failure.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect the way people feel?

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Dr. Murali Chiravuri
Cardiology 41 years experience
A variety of ways: There are many manifestations of a dilated cardiomyopathy. It depends on how severe the cardiomyopathy is, how many comorbidities exit and so on. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, exertional intolerance, accumulation of fluid, difficulty laying flat and so on.

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