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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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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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How can I increase my ejection fraction rate and I have an aicd with idiopathic restrictive cardiomyopathy?

How can I increase my ejection fraction rate and I have an aicd with idiopathic restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Confused: Restrictive cardiomyopathy is not associated with a low ef. Perhaps you meant "idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy"? Ef can be improved by using a combination of beta blockers (especially coreg), vasodilators (especially ace-inhibitors) and using a resynchronization icd if appropriate in your case. Avoiding alcohol is also mandatory. ...Read more

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I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and a biventricular icd. The problem I am having is there are days i can't seem to stay awake. Normal?

I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and a biventricular icd. The problem I am having is there are days i can't seem to stay awake. Normal?

Often not: You seem to have congestive heart failure and are probably on several medications, your symptoms may be from the medications, from variations in your congestive heart failure status, or inadequate effectiveness of your biventricular icd's resynchronization (the special pacing it does to improve your heart's function. See you docrotr. ...Read more

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Why did i feel so good for 6 weeks after bi vent icd placement then heart failure symptoms returned? I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

Why did i feel so good for 6 weeks after bi vent icd placement then heart failure symptoms returned? I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

BiV ICD: Sometimes the programming of the device needs to be changed or some other event has changed the relation of the device to the heart. Let your cardiologist know and the device can be analyzed to see if something can be done. ...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