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Can you describe idiopathic cardiomyopathy?

Can you describe idiopathic cardiomyopathy?

Yes: A cardiomyopathy implies a condition where the muscle tissue of the heart does not contract in amanner efficient enough to meet its demands. The weakned heart muscle can be caused by many etiologies, heart attacks, viruses, toxins, etc. When it is labled idiopathic it means the exact cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more


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Can you describe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Can you describe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

HCM: Hcm is an abnormal thickening usually of the wall (septum) that divides the right and left ventricle. This thickening occurs in the absence of other diseases known to cause thickening of the heart muscle. It is relatively uncommon but occurs in a familial/hereditary form more than 50% of the time. Therefore, siblings and children of patients with hcm should be screened for it. ...Read more

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Can you please describe ischemic cardiomyopathy?

Can you please describe ischemic cardiomyopathy?

Decreased flow: Ischemia means decreased blood or nutrient flow to tissue. Cardio means heart. Pathy means disease or weakness. Therefore somone with decreased blood flow can end up with weakening of the heart muscle. ...Read more

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Can you describe hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Can you describe hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Thick heart muscle: Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, particularly of the ventricles. Often the septum, the wall between the ventricles, is much thicker than the other walls. When the heart contracts, this abnormally thick septum creates a narrow area that can block, or "obstruct", the flow of blood out of the left ventricle. ...Read more

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Can you describe chronic heart disease?

Can you describe chronic heart disease?

Yes i can: It is the opposite of acute which means it just happened. Chronic means you have had it awhile. That would apply to any type of heart disease, such as coronary artery disease, valve disease, heart muscle disease, or a heart attack. ...Read more

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Can you explain dilated cardiomyopathy?

Can you explain dilated cardiomyopathy?

Not Clear...: Dilated cardiomyopathy, as far as we understand, comes in four broad categories... Genetic, infectious, ischemic, toxic. The term dilated cardiomyopathy describes how the heart looks and squeezes... Dilated, stretched out... Ie a balloon that has been over inflated for weeks, when the air is let out it is much larger than it's original size and doesn't have the same elastic properties. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why asthma is classified as an obstructive and not restrictive disease?

Can you please explain why asthma is classified as an obstructive and not restrictive disease?

Obstruction: Airway "obstruction" refers to limitation of air flow through the airways. Asthma is a disease of chronic airway inflammation that can "obstruct" flow. "restriction" refers to processes that keep the lungs from opening fully when you inhale. Restriction can result from fibrosis, or thickening, of the lung. It can even be from something as simple as obesity that keeps you from breathing deeply. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is ischemic cardiomyopathy?

Could you explain what is ischemic cardiomyopathy?

Yes: This term refers to a condition in which there is too little blood flow (ischemia) and inadequate oxygen delivery to the heart muscle, resulting in damage to the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy). It is usually caused by coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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Can you describe the pathophysiology of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Can you describe the pathophysiology of dilated cardiomyopathy?

See below: In lay terms - heart muscle getting weak by various toxins (drugs, alcohol); infection; other toxins and hormones (peri-partum). Then the muscle can't pump and the heart chambers get dilated by all the blood that cannot move forward. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is hypertropic cardiomyopathy?

Thickening: It is abnormal thickening (hypertrophy) of the heart muscle which could lead to stiffening and abnormal relaxation of the heart, obstruction of blood flow, etc. In very severe forms, it may increase risk of sudden death. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy?

Could you explain what is primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy?

See below: Amylodosis is a disease due to deposition of abnormal protein in various tissues, including the liver, spleen, kidney, heart, brain and more. When the heart is affected predominantly the condition is called amylodotic cardiomyopahty. See this site for more info on this subject. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/amyloidosis/ds00431. ...Read more

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Can you explain viral myocarditis\?

Can you explain viral myocarditis\?

Definition: This is an inflammation of the heart muscle which has been infected by a virus (coxsackie virus is one example). There is often recovery after the acute illness has passed, but some patients may have such damaging disease that the heart is permanently impaired, sometimes to the extent that a transplant is an option. ...Read more

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My ef is 25%, what does this mean? Can you tell me what do you mean by dilated cardiomyopathy due to rheumatic valvular heart disease? Thanks.

My ef is 25%, what does this mean? Can you tell me what do you mean by dilated cardiomyopathy due to rheumatic valvular heart disease?  Thanks.

Cardiology: Ejection fraction is the percentage of blood in the left ventricle that is removed with each contraction. 65% is considered normal. 25 is a low number and implies a weakness of the left ventricle that is usually referred to as a cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy is when the wall thins out and the ventricle gets large like a thin ballon. It can be caused by many conditions. ...Read more

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Can you describe heart disease?

Can you describe heart disease?

Yes and No: In 400 words? Well there are lots of things that can go wrong with the heart. The muscle can be weak, the valves can lea. If the arteries bet blocked it can damage the muscle and cause heart failure. There can be infections of the heart or tumors. There can be rhythm problems making it beat to fast or slow. So I am about out fo words but not too bad for four hundred letters more or less. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a condition similar to scoliosis?

Docs can you explain what is a condition similar to scoliosis?

Scoli and kyphosis: Scoliosis is the s-shaped curve when looking at your frontal image. Kyphosis is the accentuation of the posture from the side, causing a pronounced hump on the back. Turn to the side and look at your profile. Ann exaggerated s from the side may be seen. This is kyphosis. Some kyphosis is normal, but I am referring to excessive kyphosis. These are the 2 deformities typically discussed. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is steroid induced myopathy?

Could you explain what is steroid induced myopathy?

Too much steroids: It comes from too many steroids given for asthma , inflammation from different entities that results in more proximal muscle weakness and you have to stop taking them to get better also take in protein and exercise unless it results from a tumor that secretes steroid type compounds it is thought to arise from decrease in muscle protein metabolism causing atrophy. ...Read more

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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