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my stepson has dmd and his ejection fraction is 18. how critical is this to his life span and how can i help him?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
Medication may help: Unfortunately there is no cure for the cardiomyopathy associated with dmd. Medications used for other heart diseases, particularly a group known as ace inhibitors can help preserve the heart function. I have cared for a number of patients with ejection fractions below 20% who lived for years without rapid progression.
Dr. William Jakavick
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Low EF: To help improve ef. Medication for systolic heart failure is commonly prescribed under several ongoing protocols. Other things which could be done to improve how well the heart pumps include: limiting salt – limiting salt (sodium) to 2, 000 mg a day, limit fluid intake. 30 minutes a day of activity, even if that activity is walking can help strengthen the heart.

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Is there a real big difference between a dmd and dds?

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None: I am not a dentist but as far as i know, the dmd and dds degrees are equivalent. Both are dentists. I believe it is similar to the fact that there are two degrees for doctors, M.D. And D.O.
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