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A 46-year-old male asked:

Can dilated cardiomyopathy be treated?

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Dr. Terrence Cohen
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: Any potential causes should be addressed. There are several medications that, in combination, may greatly improve symptoms and slow progression of disease. Lifestyle modifications are appropriate such as tobacco and alcohol abstinence, weight management. In severe cases, there are several surgical options from special pacemakers and defibrillators to heart assist devices to transplantation.
Dr. Terrence Cohen
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: Any potential causes should be addressed. There are several medications that, in combination, may greatly improve symptoms and slow progression of disease. Lifestyle modifications are appropriate such as tobacco and alcohol abstinence, weight management. In severe cases, there are several surgical options from special pacemakers and defibrillators to heart assist devices to transplantation.

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If I develop dilated cardiomyopathy, how will it be treated?

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