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How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your health?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 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 37-year-old member asked:

What parts of the body does dilated cardiomyopathy affect?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 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 42 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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