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Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy Reversible
See below: Alcohol cardiomyopathy is a type of cardiomyopathy. Other causes can include viral, from heart disease, from hypertension or congenital cardiomyopathy. Alcohol can have a direct toxic effect on the heart muscle itself causing it to enlarge become weak and cause congestion. These other causes may have similar symptoms as well. ...Read more
Depends: On the spefics and how severe. Discuss with your cardiologist. ...Read more
My husband has alcoholic cardiomyopathy, fatty liver and high blood pressure. His heart beats rapidly without his medication. What is his prognosis?
What is the prognosis for advanced liver cirrhosis and congestive heart failure due to alcoholic cardiomyopathy, ef 10, asceties, kidney impairment?
Cardiomyopathy: Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is often assigned to patients who have a dilated cardiomyopathy, no evidence of coronary artery disease on evaluation and a history of alcohol abuse. Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is oneof the causes of cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy can also be idiopathic - or for an unknown reason. ...Read more
Yes they are: Patients who abuse alcohol are more likely to become septic, and less likely to survive critical illness. This was demonstrated by a large study of about 11, 000 patients admitted to a denver hospital ICU over a 6 year period of time. So patients who have alcoholic cardiomyopathy share this increased risk of sepsis with other patients with an alcohol abuse history. ...Read more
Clinical Trial Now: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more
Hypertrophic or...: Hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy can both result with hypertrophy generally occurring first. ...Read more
Just out of personal interest- does takotsubo cardiomyopathy really exist and has anyone come accross it? Also, is it reversible?
Absolutely: Well described in the literature. Have seen about 10 cases in the past 15 yrs. AKA broken heart syndrome. Ekg shows classic heart attack pattern yet cath shows normal arteries and area of hypercontractility of the base of heart and ballooning of the apex. Have also seen 1 case of reverse pattern as well which is reported in literature. Treatment is as my colleagues mention. Meds. Supportive. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Cardiomyopathy: That is variable so no time can be put on that also not all cardiomyopathies are reversible. ...Read more
Is it possible a viral infection (coxsackie) in dec 2012 could be cause of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy diagnsd in june 2013? Is it reversible?
Yes, and maybe...: Viral myocarditis is usually caused by influenza a or b in the winter and coxsackie a or b in the summer, but can vary. It is considered a "disease of thirds", a third of people get better, a third get worse and often die and a third become chronic. You are either in the first or third group. No treatment is known to cure it, it is mainly supportive treatment. It may still get better, icd needed? ...Read more
Sister is obese but if she makes lifestyle changes can non alcoholic fatty liver disease be reversible?
Yes, depends on the: Yes it can get better, it depends on the cause. If its due to drinking too much alcohol then stopping alcohol will improve it plus with the help of certain medications such as ace inhibitors or arb, s & certain beta blockers such as carvedilol. If its due to blockage of coronary arteries then revascularization either with a stent or bypass surgery would help. ...Read more
Different types: Cardiomyopathy (weak heart muscle) is most often caused by prior heart attacks leaving portions of the heart muscle damaged. However, this condition can occur due to longstanding (poorly controlled) hypertension or diabetes, as well as from alcohol or Cocaine abuse or HIV infection. Other causes include viral-induced inflammation of the heart, or genetic abnormalities (i.e. "familial"). ...Read more