cardiomyopathy

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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 may exhibit no symptoms.
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what is cardiomyopathy?

Various causes

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Cardiomyopathy is a generic term for abnormal heart muscle. It can be caused by infections, poisons, genetics, and physiologic causes. There are both weak heart and 'strong heart' cardiomyopathies. The cause of someone's cardiomyopathy requires more information than the term cardiomyopathy.
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Dr. Ray Holt answered:

Does cardiomyopathy hurt?

No

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If you have ischemia from coronary artery disease along with it then you may feel the pain of angina in your chest.
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Can you cure cardiomyopathy?

Depends

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Depends on cause, severity, and perhaps duration, and response to treatment varies by patient. Cardiomyopathy means disease of heart muscle and is a very broad term.
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Dr. Bennett Werner answered:

Can cardiomyopathy be cured?

Depends

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It depends on the cause. If due to alcohol, abstention often cures it. If due to pregnancy, about 50% return to normal. Due to chemotherapy, it rarely improves. Due to viral illness, many get better. If inherited, it won't get better. All of the above aside, there are medications and sometimes devices that can be very helpful for everyone.
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What's dilated cardiomyopathy?

Heart muscle

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That is not functioning normally with resultant chamber enlargement. Diagnosed by echocardiogram
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What does cardiomyopathy mean?

Muscle disease

Cardio = heart. Myo = muscle. Opathy = poor function/disease. Therefore cardiomyopathy is a disease/poor function of cardiac muscle.
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How do you get cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy

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Many causes of cardiomyopathy. Among them are inherited, viruses, toxins like alcohol, radiation, AIDS, other infectious agents, autoimmune, sarcoidosis, catecholamines, chronic tachycardia and more
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Is viral cardiomyopathy deadly?

Sometimes

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Cardiomyopathy varies greatly in severity. If the heart muscle is extremely weakened, then the cardiomyopathy could be deadly. But in many cases, the cardiomyopathy is mild and should be well tolerated. So it really depends on how severe the problem is.
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Does cardiomyopathy get better?

Yes, depends on the

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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.
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What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy

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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.
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