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Dilated Cardiac Myopathy
Drugs: It depends on the specific type, but generally speaking the answer is drug therapy. Most patients should be on Carvedilol or metoprolol succinate, an ace-inhibitor (ends in -pril) or arb (ends in -artan), and, ideally, an aldosterone blocker like spironolactone. Black patients also benefit from a combination of 2 meds called Hydralazine and isosorbide. Diuretics are used in most patients as well. ...Read more
Yes: Cardiac MRI is a non-invasive (non-needle based) way to assess heart size and function. It is the best in quantifying and characterizing heart tissue and functioning. If your heart is dilated (too big) it will probably diagnosis. It will also help determine the cause of the abnormality. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Typically decreased: Dilated cardiomyopathy in the classic form has greatest effect on the left ventricle, which is responsible for pumping blood to the body. In dilated cardiomyopathy, the muscle that makes up the left ventricle is weaker than normal and has less reserve. Therefore, typically, the cardiac output is less than normal and the ability to increase cardiac output for exercise is blunted. Meds can help. ...Read more
Please tell me what does a cardiac output of 3.7 l/min in a patient with severe dilated cardiomyopathy indicate?
Pectoris atherosclerosis congestive heart failure coronary artery disease dilate hypertension myocardial angina pectoris, what are these?
Cv words: These all refer to cardiovascular particulars. Pectoris = Chest. Atherosclerosis = vascular wall scarring from cholesterol deposit. Coronary artery disease = narrowing and atherosclerosis of heart arteries. Dilate = expand diameter. Hypertension = high blood pressure (within arterial network). Myocardial = heart. Angina pectoris = pain of chest from coronary artery disease, lack of oxygen to heart ...Read more
Myopathy = muscle: weakness & wasting from abnormal structure or metabolism of muscle cells. OMIM.org lists 586 genetic defects that cause congenital myopathies. The many disorders that cause acquired myopathies are on clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/neurology/myopathy/. History, family history, physical & neurological exams, muscle biopsy, genetic & other lab studies are needed for diagnosis. ...Read more
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