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What kind of condition is dilated cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Weak heart: This literally means 'weak heart muscle'. The most common cause is heart attack(s). When the heart muscle is damaged it becomes weak and the heart can dilate (become bigger). There are several other causes which can happen at any age. For example some viruses can attack the heart and weaken it and alcoholism is another known cause.
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Enlarged weak heart: It is a condition in which the heart muscle, primarily the main pumping chamber (left ventricle) becomes weakened and enlarged, and it cannot pump blood efficiently. It may affect people of all ages, including infants and children often, the cause can't be determined; this is called idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Known causes include viruses, alcohol, genetics, chemotherapy.

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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.

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