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Cause and treatment of chronic cardiomyopathy?

Cause and treatment of chronic cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: There are many kinds of cardiomyoopathy, some infectious, some inherited, some toxic, and other causes; there are treatments that work for most depending on the etiology. ...Read more

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


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Does the symptom chest pain mean that I have chronic cardiomyopathy?

Does the symptom chest pain mean that I have chronic cardiomyopathy?

Not necessarily: Although patients with cardiomyopathy may experience chest pain, the symptom of chest pain does not necessarily indicate that cardiomyopathy is present. If the chest pain is recurrent or persistent, especially if associated with difficulties breathing, you should be evaluated by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Chronically low neutrophils41.3% (50-60)high lymphocytes46.9% (25-40)high anion gap14 (4-12)abnormal values@least3-5years. H/oPOTS, cardiomyopathy, IrritBS?

Chronically low neutrophils41.3% (50-60)high lymphocytes46.9% (25-40)high anion gap14 (4-12)abnormal values@least3-5years. H/oPOTS, cardiomyopathy, IrritBS?

Hard to know: Much more info needed. Would first need to know about medications to address. One commonality: POTS often associates with mast cell or connective tissue problems, especially in light of concomitant cardiomyopathy, and so a work up could begin with a physician familiar with these syndromes ...Read more

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Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy reverse itself in children?

Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy reverse itself in children?

No: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease caused by an abnormal gene, typically in one of the genes that codes for the contractile proteins of the heart. At the current time, there are no therapies that can make abnormal genes "reverse" and become normal. Having said that, there are best practices for hcm, even in childhood and best care can result in prolonged life and good long-term outcomes. ...Read more

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Should I get my children tested for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy if he is all normal but an athlete?

Should I get my children tested for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy if he is all normal but an athlete?

Athlete: The american academy of pediatrics and american heart association have screening guidelines for athletes. If you have a family history of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or unexplained sudden death in the family, then evaluation for this process is warranted. You child should undergo a sports clearance physical by his doctor who can discuss this with you. ...Read more

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Treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy in children?

Treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy in children?

See cardiologist: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a serious condition in children. It can be a sequel to an infection, to congenital heart disease or to a coronary artery problem. Treatment is complicated and depends on the cause and the severity. Cardiac function and structure need to be thoroughly evaluated. A pediatric cardiologist needs to take care of such patients. ...Read more

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Is it possible for prolonged anxiety to cause an enlarged heart and cardiomyopathy in children?

Never.: Cardiomyopathy is a condition that can be inherited or it can be produced by a virus or it can be caused by an inherited metabolic problem.
It is a chronic disease that affects the heart muscle. ...Read more

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My peripartum cardiomyopathy and CHF are cured and I am having no more children. Could it still return in future from the heart damage and scarring?

My peripartum cardiomyopathy and CHF are cured and I am having no more children. Could it still return in future from the heart damage and scarring?

Unlikely: If your heart has recovered to normal size and ejection fraction, and you are staying on medications (ace inhibitors or arb, beta blockers, and aldosterone blockers), the risk is close to zero. ...Read more

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Can chronic nausea come from my restrictive cardiomyopathy (heart biopsy found this I have sarcoidosis)?

Can chronic nausea come from my restrictive cardiomyopathy (heart biopsy found this I have sarcoidosis)?

Yes: In fact, an long-term upset stomach is often one of the early and more troubling problems when the heart muscle is failing. I hope you are able to find effective treatment for this often very difficult illness. ...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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Does cardiomyopathy get better?

Yes, depends on the: 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. ...Read more

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Can someone live with cardiomyopathy?

Yes: Yes, it all depends on the type of cardiomyopathy, its severity, and one's co-morbid medical problems. With proper follow-up, medications, and adherence to medical recommendations, cardiomyopathy may be manageable. ...Read more

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What people does cardiomyopathy affect?

What people does cardiomyopathy affect?

Different types: Cardiomyopathy (weak heart muscle) is most often caused by prior heart attacks leaving portions of the heart muscle damaged. However, this condition can occur due to longstanding (poorly controlled) hypertension or diabetes, as well as from alcohol or Cocaine abuse or HIV infection. Other causes include viral-induced inflammation of the heart, or genetic abnormalities (i.e. "familial"). ...Read more

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What does cardiomyopathy affect in the body?

What does cardiomyopathy affect in the body?

Grave: It may lead to low organ perfusion and may lead to shut down of many organs, such as liver and kidney. It must be treated very aggressively to avoid this outcome. ...Read more

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What does cardiomyopathy lead to in the future?

If ejection: Fraction remains low there is increased risk for heart failure, arrhythmia and sudden death (ef< 35%). ...Read more

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My husband has cardiomyopathy, how should we change is diet?

My husband has cardiomyopathy, how should we change is diet?

Diet in Cardiomyopat: There is no specific dietary advice for cardiomyopathy. Since cardiomyopathy is due to multiple causes, the dietary advice will depend on the cause. The most common cause of cardiomyopathy is ischemic heart disease. If, in a given case, it is due to alcoholism, absolute abstinence from alcohol is advised. If cardiomyopathy has resulted in heart failure, the dietary advice is that for heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the longest a person could live with cardiomyopathy?

Uncertain: This is a difficult question to answer. It depends on the cause of the cardiomyopathy, the presence any additional medical problems, and the degree of cardiac dysfunction. Some patients survive for days while some can survive for many years. To improve survival, faithfully take medications, do not smoke or drink alcohol, and keep all doctor appointments. ...Read more

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What is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: I have never heard of this distinction being made among the cardiomyopathies. ...Read more

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What is primary cardiomyopathy?

Refers: To a cause of a heart muscle abnormality (cardiomyopathy) in which the heart alone is affected. ...Read more

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Does chemo affect cardiomyopathy?

It can: There are some chemotherapy medicines that carry a risk of cardiomyopathy. I don't know if you are asking if chemotherapy can cause cardiomyopathy or if chemotherapy can worsen cardiomyopathy in a patient who has cardiomyopathy already but either is possible. Discussion with your medical oncologist can allow you to have a detailed talk about the risks of any chemotherapy being planned. ...Read more

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Can a biv help with cardiomyopathy?

CRT: If your qrs is wide, yes. It is all based on the ekg. ...Read more

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How can someone prevent cardiomyopathy?

Depends: Some forms of cardiomyopathy (cm) are not preventable. These include CM due to genetic conditions, infections and co-morbid conditions like hypertension and diabetes. For people who have these conditions or coronary artery disease modifying risk factors with lifestyle changes, quitting smoking, good control of blood pressure and sugar levels can help. For some, like alcoholic CM simply avoid drink. ...Read more

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Can you describe glycogen cardiomyopathy?

A genetic disease: Both genes cause glycogen storage cardiomyopathy, which can mimic hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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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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Are there any tips to prevent cardiomyopathy?

Heart disease: Is the most common cause of cardiomyopathy. Treating risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, tobacco cessation is agood start. Other potential causes include alcohol abuse and certain nonprescription drugs. ...Read more

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Are headaches associated with cardiomyopathy?

No: One would not expect a headache from a cardiomyopathy itself unless there were some complication or if the headache resulted from a medication. ...Read more

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What's the pathophysiology for cardiomyopathy?

Too general for this: Cardiomyopathy is a term for abnormal heart muscle can be a cardiomyopathy that's from a heart attack and damaged muscle. Alcohol, poorly controlled high BP over long time priods. It can be genetic, post partum after having a baby, a virus, etc. Cardiomyopathy can mean a thin weak muscle or a stiff thick muscle. The former is systolic dysfunction. And the latter diastolic dysfxn. Need to narrow it. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: Although it is difficult to put a time line on this condition, these patients eventually will need cardiac transplant and accordingly they should be referred to a transplant center so that they can placed on transplant list. Occasionally, cardiomyopathy may be part of another disease such as muscular dystrophy in which case the life expectancy is more likely related to that underlying disease. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Chronic Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Chronic cardiomyopathy is a condition of deteriorating heart failure due to problems with the ...Read more