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Doctor insights on: Dialysis For A Patient With Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
507 doctors shared insights

Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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What is the common cause of restrictive cardiomyopathy?

What is the common cause of restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Amyloid: By far the most common cause is deposition of amyloid protein in the heart. Restrictive physiology is the end-stage result of most other types of heart failure as well, but we don't call that a restrictive cardiomyopathy. ...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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I need a straight answer. What is restrictive cardiomyopathy?

I need a straight answer. What is restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Poor heart function: Stiffness of heart muscle from various causes most common being amyloidosis. This impairs filling of blood into the lower chamber of the heart. As a result the amount of blood leaving the heart is much lower causing fatigue and failure to thrive. Also there is build up of back pressure causing water logging of lungs, liver, abdomen and limbs causing shortness of breath, nausea, poor appetite. ...Read more

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Is restrictive cardiomyopathy a hereditary disorder?

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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What is the treatment for restrictive cardiomyopathy?

What is the treatment for restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Depends on cause: Restrictive cardiomyopathy is caused by several different abnormalities, usually an infiltration of an abnormal chemical, such as iron in hemochromatosis, amyloid in amyloidosis, or sarcoidosis. Restrictive cardiomyopathy can also be caused by an abnormal thickening and stiffening of the pericardium which is the lining around the heart, the treatment of which is removing the pericardium. ...Read more

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What can be done for restrictive cardiomyopathy disease?

What can be done for  restrictive cardiomyopathy disease?

No easy answer: Adults with restrictive cardiomyopathy have a prolonged course of heart failure, with fatigue, shortness of breath, and worsening activity tolerance. Patients ultimately die of heart failure unless they become candidates for a heart transplant. Blood clots in the heart can be another cause of complications and death in these patients. ...Read more

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


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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