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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 40 years experience
It varies: The treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy depends upon the severity of the condition and ranges from medicines to device therapy to cardiac transplantation. Some cases, such as those secondary to viral infections, may improve over time, but most do not. The escalation of therapy depends upon the severity of the condition and the rate at which it is progressing.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy in children?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 32 years experience
Similar to adults: Medications such as ace inhibitors, diuretics, beta blockers, and digoxin are used to control heart failure symptoms. Anticogulation is usually needed. Treatment is similar in adults and children. In severe cases a transplant may be an option.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

I have been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. What is the treatment for it?

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Dr. Terrence Cohen
Cardiology 47 years experience
Multiple treatments: 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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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for congenital dilated cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See below:: In mild cases, treatment may not be needed. Heart medicines are used to control symptoms of congestive heart failure and to preserve or improve heart function. Blood thinners may be used to prevent clots from forming within the heart. Rapid heart rhythms are treated by heart medicines and, if life-threatening, implanted cardioverter-defibrillator or pacemakers are used. Transplant is last resort.
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