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Dr. Joseph Shen
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Dilated Cardiomyopathy (Overview)

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition where the chambers of the heart are enlarged and weakened, making it so that they cannot pump blood as effectively.


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How long would it take for a reversible dilated cardiomyopathy to correct by itself?

How long would it take for a reversible dilated cardiomyopathy to correct by itself?

Cardiomyopathy: That is variable so no time can be put on that also not all cardiomyopathies are reversible. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Shen
119 doctors shared insights

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (Overview)

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition where the chambers of the heart are enlarged and weakened, making it so that they cannot pump blood as effectively.


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How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your body?

How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your body?

Many ways: The output of your heart is reduced so that you might get short of breath, your feet and abdomen could swell, your liver can enlarge and get congested, fluid can accumulate in your lungs, your heart will enlarge. Your lips and fingers may look bluish if the oxygen in the blood drops. Since the output of the heart becomes low, all the other organs can be affected. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Tip)

Living with Congestive Heart Failure

Coxsackie B Myocarditis causes dilated cardiomyopathy. ...See more

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What are the symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Like heart failure : You might feel fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath while you are lying down or physically active, lightheaded, dizzy, fainting, persistent cough of wheezing especial at when you are lying downs. You might have leg, ankle or feet swelling, sudden weight gain or fluid retention, lack of appetite, heart flutters, palpitations and pale skin. ...Read more

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Would dilated cardiomyopathy shown signs on ecg?

Abnormalnot specific: There are no ECG features unique to dcm, although the ECG is usually abnormal.Most common ECG abnormalities are associated with atrial and ventricular hypertrophy — typically, left sided changes are seen but there may be signs of biatrial or biventricular hypertrophy.Interventricular conduction delays occur due to cardiac dilatation. Voltage can be reduced by lot of fibrosis. ...Read more

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Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like dilated cardiomyopathy? What tests are needed?

Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like dilated cardiomyopathy? What tests are needed?

Echo: Cardiomyopathy is a weakened heart muscle. The diagnosis can be confirmed by an echocardiogram which takes an ultrasound picture of the heart and can show its pumping function. Further tests may need to be done to assess the cause. These tests can include a cardiac cath to rule out coronary artery disease, and even rarely a biopsy of the heart muscle. Personalized medicine is non specific term. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. What is the treatment for it?

Multiple treatments: Any potential causes should be addressed. There are several medications that, in combination, may greatly improve symptoms and slow progression of disease. Lifestyle modifications are appropriate such as tobacco and alcohol abstinence, weight management. In severe cases, there are several surgical options from special pacemakers and defibrillators to heart assist devices to transplantation. ...Read more

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What are the diagnostic criteria of dilated cardiomyopathy ?

Efficiency + size: Ejection fraction of less than 40% and left ventricular end-diastolic size more than 115% of normal size calculated from age and body surface area. Read more here: http://www.Clevelandclinicmeded.Com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/cardiology/dilated-restrictive-cardiomyopathy/. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dilated cardiomyopathy?

What are the tests for dilated cardiomyopathy?

Echocardiogram: Echocardiogram is the definitive first line test for dilated cardiomyopathy. The most common cause of dilated cardiomyopathy is coronary artery disease, so cardiac cath often is also a test required in dilated cardiomyopathy to determine the presence and severity of coronary artery disease. Aortic or mitral valve disease can also cause dilated cardiomyopathy, both detected on echocardiogram. ...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