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Chronic Cardiomyopathy In Children
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
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
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
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
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
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
I have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, bbb, copd, chronic bronchitis and glaucoma, all symptoms effect my life should I seek disability?
Maybe: If you cannot work due these conditions, then you should apply for disability. Otherwise, you should work. ...Read more
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
Can chronic nausea come from my restrictive cardiomyopathy (heart biopsy found this I have sarcoidosis)?
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
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
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
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
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
Cardiomyopathy: I have never heard of this distinction being made among the cardiomyopathies. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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