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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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A 32-year-old member asked:

What people get dilated cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Andrew Chung
Cardiology 27 years experience
All kinds: People from all kinds of different backgrounds end up with dilated cardiomyopathy (dcm) from severe coronary atherosclerotic heart disease and other such identifiable causes. This being written, if no cause is identified, we call it idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (idcm).
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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

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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