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what kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Treat the issue: Multiple medications treat the symptoms and side effects of underlying cardiomyopathy. You need a full evaluation and then a plan can treat the whole picture.
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Rx fr cardiomyopathy: Pills for cardiomyopathy generally consist of diuretics (water pills) which make the patient urinate more and get rid of extra fluid that accumulate because the heart is not pumping well and/or medications that help the heart muscles pump better such as digoxin.

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Are there racial disparities in regards to cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
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Hhhhmmm: This answer could probably fill a thousand page book and at the risk of being too simplistic i will say in my opinion the majority of cardiomyopathy are caused by extrinsic factors such as viral infection and this is subject to the health of the population at risk and so socioeconomic factors play stronger meaning low se groups are at higher risk and this may appear to be of a racial nature.
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What exercises are safe for cardiomyopathy?

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Depends: On the severity and nature of the condition. This is something you should be discussing with your cardiologist or your personal physician....Someone who knows *your* case.
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What is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
The cause: A cardiomyopathy is a term indicating a weak heart with impaired function. Your question is using a different nomenclature than used by cardiologists. Cardiomyopathy are classified as systolic dysfunction with low ejection fraction. Diastolic dysfxn with a preserved ejection fraction but a stiff heart. They can be idiopathic with unknown cause, ischemic with CAD or caused by other diseases
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Are there gradation in severity of cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
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Severity of CM: Yes there is a gradation in severity. Two systems are used to describe the severity of cardiomyopathy (cm) both from a structural and functional standpoint. The so-called stages of heart failure describe the structural severity of the disease and the new york heart association functional classification describes the gradation in functional severity. Both are used to describe the severity of cm.
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How can cardiomyopathy be treated?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Depends: First is confirming the diagnosis, then sorting out the many causes (looking for reversible ones). Symptoms can be controlled with diuretics, but the physiology needs management with ace inhibitors or arbs, and beta-blockers. Spironolactone if severe. Associated arrhythmias require attention. Some cardiomyopathies may resolve over time. Others may require mechanical support or transplant.

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