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what are the physical therapy precautions with cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
A few: Patients with cardiomyopathy are at higher risk for lethal arrhythmia, so they should not be engaged in any activity that can trigger those. Most aerobic exercises excite the heart, so those should be trimmed to minimum. On the other hand, static exercises would be better tolerated. Also, symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath will be your other important guides.

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My husband has cardiomyopathy, how should we change is diet?

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Dr. Hamid Hai
Cardiology 55 years experience
Diet in Cardiomyopat: There is no specific dietary advice for cardiomyopathy. Since cardiomyopathy is due to multiple causes, the dietary advice will depend on the cause. The most common cause of cardiomyopathy is ischemic heart disease. If, in a given case, it is due to alcoholism, absolute abstinence from alcohol is advised. If cardiomyopathy has resulted in heart failure, the dietary advice is that for heart failure.
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Are there any tips to prevent cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Avoid drugs, booze: Alcohol and some drugs of abuse, e.g., Cocaine can cause cardiomyopathy. Some therapeutic drugs, mostly anticancer drugs, can also cause cardiomypathy. Alcohol, due to its toxicity and nutritional deficiencies associated with chronic aloholism are among the more common avoidable causes of cardiomyopathy.
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Is the use stem cells a viable option for cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Stem cells - Future: Fat cells have shown promise as a source of stem cells that may eventually be able to be used to treat many conditions, one of which is spinal cord injury. Stem cells have the potential to transform into specialized cells and tissues of many different organs. There has been much excitement recently in the research world for the future potential but everyday use in medicine is still years away.
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Can bad dental hygiene cause cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Mark Stern
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Indirectly: Gum disease is correlated with heart attacks and heart attacks can cause ischemic cardiomyopathy.
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What are the typical physical therapy precautions for cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Cardiomyopathy is a complex condition with varying types and severities. The condition is generally treated and monitored by a cardiologist. There are no "typical" precautions. It is imperative that you seek indiviualized, specific recommendations from your cardiologist with respect to your particular condition.

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