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Doctor insights on: Constrictive Pericarditis Verses Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

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Dr. Barton Cook
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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 ...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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How do physicians diagnose the constrictive pericarditis verses restrictive cardiomyopathy?

How do physicians diagnose the constrictive pericarditis verses restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Difficult: Is the heart too big or is the sac too small. Can get some hints from a ct that the sac is thick, or by history and early images that help clarify any changes. ...Read more

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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 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 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 restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis of the heart disease?

I will do my best: No one is answering you. Cardiomyopathy describes disease of heart muscle. If the heart becomes restrictive is how well it can beat by weak contraction of the muscle, this becomes restrictive cardiomyopathy. The pericardium is a sac that surrounds the heart. If it is thickened and become stiff it will restrict the expansion and contraction of the heart in a secondary manner. Best i can do. ...Read more

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What is the difference between restrictive and constrictive pericarditis?

Restricted vs constr: To oversimplify, one squeezes the heart from outside and the other restricts from stiffening within the heart wall. ...Read more

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


Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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