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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 may exhibit no symptoms.

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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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How does cardiomyopathy due to friedreich's ataxia affect the heart?

How does cardiomyopathy due to friedreich's ataxia affect the heart?

Heart swells: A cardiomyopathy of any sort will cause the heart to become much bigger as seen on x-ray. Since the heart muscle is affected its power to contract is limited. The prototype for a cardiomyopathy is beriberi so be sure to ask the doctor whether this is a possibility. ...Read more

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Heart failure (Tip)

Heart failure

Coxsackie B Myocarditis causes dilated cardiomyopathy. ...See more

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Is PVC induced cardiomyopathy treatable to stop the ejf of getting worse?

Is PVC induced cardiomyopathy treatable to stop the ejf of getting worse?

Generally yes: Over time, scar tissue develops in the heart potentially making the damage at least partly irreversible but if caught early and treated effectively, at least 50% of patients show substantial improvement. An expert electrophysiologist should be consulted if drugs have failed to consider an ablation of the site where the pvcs are coming from. ...Read more

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Living with Cardiomyopathy (Tip)

Living with Cardiomyopathy

Try to exercise regularly. Exercise makes your heart stronger and can help you avoid symptoms. ...See more

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Living with Cardiomyopathy (Checklist)

Know the symptoms of heart failure & when to contact your medical team
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Learn how each medication helps your heart & its possible side effects
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Keep a medication list in wallet & bring medications to appointments
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Ask for generic medications, a 90-day supply, & one-year refills
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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my cardiomyopathy?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: There are several different types of cardiomyopathy - restrictive, dilated, hypertrophic, etc. These can have different managements, so it's difficult to give you a specific treatment. However, the cheapest way to manage a chronic illness is regular follow up with a doctor - they will be able to follow the disease and help you through it. The most expensive situation is multiple hospitalizations. ...Read more

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What are treatments for cardiomyopathy?

What are treatments for cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: Lots of kinds of cardiomyopathy, treatment depends on what is wrong and what needs to be treated ...Read more

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