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What is the difference between idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure ? Both terms have been used these past 9 years

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Interrelated Issues: Ideopathic=unknown cause, cardio=heart, myo=muscle, path=disease; meaning heart muscle is weak ;/or stiff; usually also enlarged as a result. Congestive refers to excess body water retention in the lungs ; body due to heart weakness. Heart failure actually means weak, not failed (one would be dead). The most common basis is arterial disease, despite artery lumens on angiogram "looking normal".
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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