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Does any of these factors like stress, anxiety, tension, depression or smoking can cause dilated cardiomyopathy ?

Does any of these factors like stress, anxiety, tension, depression or smoking can cause dilated cardiomyopathy ?

Dilated Heart: No. The causes of dilated cardiomyopathy include damage to the heart from a heart attack due to atherosclerotic cardiac disease which affects the heart muscle or vessels to the heart. Other causes include certain infections and drugs such as Cocaine and alcohol. Certain medications can also cause this condition. Anxiety or stress do not cause this. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Shen
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Dilated Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Dilated means that the heart is enlarged, & cardiomyopathy means sick heart muscle. There are many reasons for the heart muscle to get weak/dilated including genetic disorders, certain inflammatory conditions, & toxins including alcohol. Many cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. Reversal of cardiomyopathy is sometimes possible with treatment, & new ...Read more


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Can a child have dilated cardiomyopathy like an adult?

Can a child have dilated cardiomyopathy like an adult?

Yes: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened and the heart is enlarged. The most common cause in childhood is an infection with a virus, often the same sorts of viruses that cause the stomach flu (enteroviruses). Some other causes include genetic problems, muscular dystrophy, toxic exposures (including drugs), heart rhythm problems and malformations of the heart. ...Read more

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How long can a child live with dilated cardiomyopathy with medicines?

How long can a child live with dilated cardiomyopathy with medicines?

Quite variable: It depends on a lot of things but the bottom line is that the length of survival varies greatly. Some children or adults live a very long time with severe disease of the heart muscle. Of course, the treatment will affect this but in an individual case it is just hard to predict. ...Read more

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Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like dilated cardiomyopathy? What tests are needed?

Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like dilated cardiomyopathy? What tests are needed?

Echo: Cardiomyopathy is a weakened heart muscle. The diagnosis can be confirmed by an echocardiogram which takes an ultrasound picture of the heart and can show its pumping function. Further tests may need to be done to assess the cause. These tests can include a cardiac cath to rule out coronary artery disease, and even rarely a biopsy of the heart muscle. Personalized medicine is non specific term. ...Read more

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What's dilated cardiomyopathy?

What's dilated cardiomyopathy?

Enlarged heart: Dilated cardiomyopathy is description of an enlarged,poorly contracting heart. It can be due to known factors such as ischemia(coronary),infectiion(virus) drugs(cancer)etc or unknown (idiopathic) which is genetic or familial. The latter is transmitted as autosomal dominant 50% chance of getting it or X linked- mother are carriers but sons get the disease plus muscular dystrophy ...Read more

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What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a weak heart condition. It is serious and requires long term treatment. It is caused by viruses, poisons, alcohol, genetics and other things. It can kill both suddenly and over time. When well treated it is possible to live a long time, sometimes people need a heart transplant. ...Read more

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Symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Many symptoms: Cardiomyopathy can cause a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, easy tiring, exercise intolerance, abnormal heart beats, swelling of legs/feet, dizziness, fainting, difficulties breathing, and others. Learn moe here: http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/more/cardiomyopathy/cardiomyopathy_ucm_444459_subhomepage.Jsp. ...Read more

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Is dilated cardiomyopathy reversible?

Is dilated cardiomyopathy reversible?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is. Milder forms can be controlled with medications, which is the majority of patients, and a normal lifestyle is quite possible. The most severe cases may be eligible for heart transplantation, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can dilated cardiomyopathy be treated?

Can dilated cardiomyopathy be treated?

Yes: Any potential causes should be addressed. There are several medications that, in combination, may greatly improve symptoms and slow progression of disease. Lifestyle modifications are appropriate such as tobacco and alcohol abstinence, weight management. In severe cases, there are several surgical options from special pacemakers and defibrillators to heart assist devices to transplantation. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

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 ...Read more