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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is dilated cardiomyopathy reversible?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
It depends: Strictly speaking, "dilated" cardiomyopathy is less likely to reverse. In other words, if the ventricle has already dilated, it is less likely that it will go back to normal, although it is still possible. The non-dilated weak heart (cardiomyopathy but not dilated) can and is more likely to go back to normal function with good medicine and proper care.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Depends: Depends on how severe it is. Milder forms can be controlled with medications, which is the majority of patients, and a normal lifestyle is quite possible. The most severe cases may be eligible for heart transplantation, talk to your doctor.
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Treatable: It may not be entirely reversible but medical therapy has made great strides in effectively treating this condition. Given the shortage of donor hearts medical therapy frequently is very effective and pts can have a good quality of life.

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How is a reversible dilated cardiomyopathy corrected?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Cardiology 38 years experience
Vasodilators: Generally, vasodilating medications, such as ace inhibitors or arb's, along with beta-blockers, are the most helpful in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, with diuretics and nitrates also being of some use. These medications are used to reduce the workload on the heart muscle by reducing oxygen demand of the heart muscle and reducing pressure inside the heart chamber.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 40 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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