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What are the causes of dilated cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 34 years experience
Multiple possible: Some cases have no obvious cause. Others may be genetic, viral, uncontrolled hypertension, heart attacks, valve disease, alcohol excess, morbid obesity, or sleep apnea.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: Viral infection, childbirth, drugs - recreational and prescription, most notably some chemotherapies, alcohol, inherited to name a few.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What causes death in dilated cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Heart failure: Many people do quite well for years with cardiomyopathy; it depends why you have it, how well you tolerate the drugs for tx, how healthy your kidneys are, how prone you are to infection.... Your cardiologist should tell you why you have it, an what is being done.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can certain medications that causes dilated cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Yes: Yes. A good example would be doxorubicin which is well known to cause cardiomyopathy. This is a chemotherapeutic agent used by oncologists to treat cancer. Oncologists pay close attention to the dose in order to limit injury to the heart.
A 29-year-old male asked:

Is schizophernia can cause dilated cardiomyopathy ?

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Dr. Fuad Kiblawi
Pediatric Cardiology 28 years experience
No: Schizophrenia does not cause cardiomyopathy; however, some medications used to treat schizophrenia can have adverse cardiovascular effects and may cause diminished cardiac function. There is also a cardiomyopathy associated gene (5) that maybe a risk factor for schizophrenia in some people.
A 29-year-old male asked about a 33-year-old male:

What kind of poison can cause dilated cardiomyopathy ?

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Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Interventional Radiology 12 years experience
Many causes: Although in many cases the cause isn't apparent, dilated cardiomyopathy is likely the result of damage to the myocardium by variety of infectious, metabolic and toxic agents. Toxic causes include - chronic long-term alcohol abuse; chemotherapy (a poison taken to kill cancer cells) with doxorubicin in particular; and more rare exposures to heavy metals, cobalt, organic solvents and mercury.
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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