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How would you explain dilated cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Enlarged Heart: An enlarged heart leading to pump failure and congestive heart failure and arrhythmia.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: In lay terms - heart muscle getting weak by various toxins (drugs, alcohol); infection; other toxins and hormones (peri-partum). Then the muscle can't pump and the heart chambers get dilated by all the blood that cannot move forward.
Dr. Joshua Murphy
Pediatric Cardiology 19 years experience
Not Clear...: Dilated cardiomyopathy, as far as we understand, comes in four broad categories... Genetic, infectious, ischemic, toxic. The term dilated cardiomyopathy describes how the heart looks and squeezes... Dilated, stretched out... Ie a balloon that has been over inflated for weeks, when the air is let out it is much larger than it's original size and doesn't have the same elastic properties.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
Weak enlarged heart: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart is not pumping normally and is enlarged. There are many causes including inherited conditions, infections and coronary artery abnormalities.

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