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Doctor insights on: Constrictive Pericarditis Verses Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

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Dr. Steven Sahn
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Constrictive Pericarditis (Definition)

Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where there is inflammation of the pericardium, the fibrous sheath (outer covering) around the heart. This inflammation makes the pericardium more stiff and constricts the ...Read more


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How do physicians diagnose the constrictive pericarditis verses restrictive cardiomyopathy?

How do physicians diagnose the constrictive pericarditis verses restrictive cardiomyopathy?

See Below: The best is either an echo doppler, MRI of the heart and pericardium or a right heart catheterization. And echo doppler can show that the e to a ratio is very high, indicative of restrictive physiology. Echo or an MRI can also show the pericardium is thick, consistent with constrictive pericarditis. The right heart cath would measure the pressure inside the heart. Presentation is similar. ...Read more

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What are the differences: constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy?

What are the differences: constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Different cause : Symptoms may be similar but treatment is very different. The pericardium can be opened or removed to relieve constriction but restrictive cardiomyopathy does not lend itself to a quick surgical treatment.A number of medications may ameliorate the symptoms but it is important to identify and treat the cause. ...Read more

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What is constrictive pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Constrictive pericarditis involves stiffening/thickening/hardening of the pericardium or "heart sack". This can be caused by many disease processes. Constrictive pericarditis results in restricting the filling of the heart which in turn may cause shortness of breath, swelling etc.. ...Read more

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How do I diagnose the constrictive pericarditis verses restrictive cardiomyopathy?

How do I diagnose the constrictive pericarditis verses restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Several: 2 d echo with doppler , rt heart catheter , and cardiac MRI can all help determine constrictive vs restrictive . Ofcourse a good history and physical should always be part of the work up. ...Read more

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What is the difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis?

Similar but differen: Constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy both result in diastolic abnomlities of ventricular filling. CP can be thought of as a heart encased in a porcelain shell. In CP the ventricles fill up until the limits of the calcified pericardium (early filling) and then fill no more. In rc the heart is abnormal. Filling throughout diastole is slowed but possible. Doppler can help. ...Read more

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What is the difference between constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Several: Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the sac around the heart (the pericardium) becomes scarred and shrinks, which does not allow the heart to fill fully. Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a condition where the pericardium is normal, but the heart muscle itself is diseased in a way that does not allow the muscle to relax and the ventricle to fill. The treatment for each is different. ...Read more

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What is the? Difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis?

What is the? Difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis?

Intrinsic/extrinsic: Restrictive cardiomyopathy involves the heart itself becoming stiff and not filling properly which eventually can cause heart failure and need a transplant to treat. Constrictive pericarditis affects the sac around the heart entrapping the heart and causing similar symptoms but may be treated if needed by removing the sac from around the heart by surgery ...Read more

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What leads to constrictive pericarditis?

What leads to constrictive pericarditis?

Infections and other: This is a stiffening of the normally pliable sac that holds the heart. Infections in the fluid around the heart, and scarring conditions that have no known cause can cause this sac to stiffen and this results in incomplete filling of the heart between beats. This lack of filling can lead to heart failure, as the heart is incapable of pumping blood as efficiently. It is a rare condition. ...Read more

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What is the difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis of the heart disease?

What is the difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis of the heart disease?

Anatomy: Restriction and constriction both involve limitation to adequate filling of the heart when the heart is relaxing. In restriction, limitation is in the muscle of the heart. In construction, the limitation is in the pericardial sac which surrounds the heart. ...Read more

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Could dilated cardiomyopathy called apical cardiomyopathy?

Different: Typically, when the modifier "apical" is added to cardiomyopathy, it refers to a type of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Generally, dilated cardiomopathy is thought of as a distinct and separate class of diseases from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Are ischemic heart disease and hypertrophic obstructive cardio myopathy related?

Are ischemic heart disease and hypertrophic obstructive cardio myopathy related?

Not really: Ischemic heart disease refers to atherosclerotic disease of thee coronary arteries. Hocm is a disorder of the muscle cells of the heart . There is not a common cause. ...Read more

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Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy uncurable?

Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy uncurable?

Probably not: If the diagnosis is correct, all forms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy aren't curable in the sense that it will just get better and go away. However, apical hcm tends to have a much better overall prognosis and fewer symptoms, with a long life expectancy. ...Read more

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Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy an incurable disease?

Yes: Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy whereby the thickening is localized at the tip of the left ventricle. Some are due to mutations of genes that encodes the heart muscles but the majority the cause is unknown. There is no treatment other than treating symptoms if present ,like chest pains,arrhythmia,etc ...Read more

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Is restrictive cardiomyopathy an inherited disorder?

Is restrictive cardiomyopathy an inherited disorder?

Maybe: Depends on the cause. Some types of amyloid are genetic as well as predisposition to diseases such as sarcoid, scleroderma. ...Read more

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Is restrictive cardiomyopathy a hereditary disorder?

Cardiomyopathy: Not likely. It mostly affects older adults. Some causes are connective tissue diseases, sarcoidosis, amyloidosis, hemochromatosis, some cancer treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy. The hypertrophic type of cardiomyopathy is usually inherited. ...Read more

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Is calcific constrictive pericarditis still with us?

Is calcific constrictive pericarditis still with us?

Yes: Well it is rare to start with, hard to diagnose, and probably less common these days since tb, a major cause, is less common. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Restrictive Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a group of conditions where the heart muscles are stiff and are unable to ...Read more


Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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Pericarditis (Definition)

A condition where the pericardium (two thin layers of a sac-like tissue that surround ...Read more