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Doctor insights on: Bad Habits To Avoid With Cardiomyopathy

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Cardiomyopathy is a disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver it throughout the body. A common symptom is chest pain, although mild cases ...Read more


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Can you use stem cells to heal cardiomyopathies in children?

Can you use stem cells to heal cardiomyopathies in children?

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

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Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

MRI: Yes an MRI can be used to diagnose enlarged heart, cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Another test that is often used to make these diagnoses is the echocardiogram. MRI uses magnets to image the heart and echocardiogram uses ultrasound. ...Read more

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I am diabetic and I suffer from hypotrophic cardiomyopathy. What are things to avoid?

I am diabetic and I suffer from hypotrophic cardiomyopathy. What are things to avoid?

HypErtrophic: Avoid allowing your diabetes to become uncontrolled as this causes uncontrolled diuresis, volume contraction, and more severe outlet obstruction with chest pain and low blood pressure. ...Read more

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What exercise must be avoided with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

What exercise must be avoided with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Hypertrophic: Most people with HCM are advised to avoid playing competitive sports, with the possible exception of some low-intensity sports (eg, golf, billiards). Certain recreational sports are also not advised. ...Read more

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Should a person with cardiomyopathy avoid the sun and heat?

Should a person with cardiomyopathy avoid the sun and heat?

Sometimes: Exposure to the sun and heat are not necessarily harmful to a person with cardiomyopathy. But performing strenuous activities in the sun/heat can be dangerous as this will increase the stress on the heart and potentially cause serious symptoms. Taking a casual walk is probably ok. ...Read more

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Hpw bad is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Depends: There is a range of phenotypes and manifestations. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathies can range from mild to severe. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ---- what activities should he avoid?

Intense exercise: He should be restricted from intense competitive sports to reduce the risk for sudden cardiac death. His cardiologist will make specific recommendations based upon his particular clinical findings. ...Read more

Dr. Nathan Zasler
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Habits (Definition)

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired ...Read more