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Is the life expectancy for people with dilated cardiomyopathy 5 years after their symptoms begin?

Is the life expectancy for people with dilated cardiomyopathy 5 years after their symptoms begin?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is and how well it responds to medicines. Some may recover, some may be stabilized with medicines, some may require heart transplant or die. ...Read more

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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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What is the life expectancy of a 25 year old female with Lupus and Dilated Cardiomyopathy?

What is the life expectancy of a 25 year old female with Lupus and Dilated Cardiomyopathy?

No answer: There are way too many variables that I don't have the information on to answer that. Obviously, you are anxious deliberating this at age 25. You can live a normal life span with lupus. You can also live varying amounts of time with dilated cardiomyopathy - it depends on severity, co-existing conditions, your general health otherwise, & most important, your willingness and ability to live healthy. ...Read more

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My partner has dilated cardiomyopathy for 10 yrs and cirrhosis of the liver 3 yrs drinks very occasionally what's his life expectancy.

My partner has dilated cardiomyopathy  for 10 yrs and cirrhosis of the liver 3 yrs drinks very  occasionally what's his life  expectancy.

There's no telling: Most cirrhotics who continue to drink abusively are dead within five years. Beyond this, you can't predict. Dilated cardiomyopathy is of greatly variable duration, and cirrhosis often reverses some when the causes is eliminated. Many people go through life without ever finding love. Cherish each day that you have together. ...Read more

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What is the life expentancy for a 47 year old male suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy?

CHF: A lot can affect survival and some folks get heart transplant and change to that problem. For the individual if they are doing well could live well over10 yrs if they are doing badly could be lots less. ...Read more

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What people get dilated cardiomyopathy?

What people get dilated cardiomyopathy?

All kinds: People from all kinds of different backgrounds end up with dilated cardiomyopathy (dcm) from severe coronary atherosclerotic heart disease and other such identifiable causes. This being written, if no cause is identified, we call it idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (idcm). ...Read more

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Can you explain dilated cardiomyopathy?

Not Clear...: Dilated cardiomyopathy, as far as we understand, comes in four broad categories... Genetic, infectious, ischemic, toxic. The term dilated cardiomyopathy describes how the heart looks and squeezes... Dilated, stretched out... Ie a balloon that has been over inflated for weeks, when the air is let out it is much larger than it's original size and doesn't have the same elastic properties. ...Read more

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How can you treat dilated cardiomyopathy?

How can you treat dilated cardiomyopathy?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is. Milder forms can be controlled with medications, which is the majority of patients, and a relatively normal lifestyle is quite possible. The most severe cases may be eligible for heart transplantation, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you reverse a dilated cardiomyopathy?

There are treatments: Some kinds of dilated cardiomyopathy improve with time, such as those caused by alcohol abuse, which may improve with abstinence. In other cases the standard medications for heart failure do not cure, but can improve heart function and devices like an aicd help control arrythmias. ...Read more

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Is it possible to reverse dilated cardiomyopathy?

Dilated cardiomyopat: Sometimes is the best answer. It depends on the cause of the cardiomyopathy. The treatment involves a diuretic, ace inhibitor and beta blocker. Patients are followed wit echocardiograms to evaluate the heart function. ...Read more

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How serious and common is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Depends: It is not that common but can be caused by various reasons including childbirth, infection or drugs to name the most common. In most cases patients recover or can be treated by medications. Make sure you find a good doctor who specializes in this. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Shen
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Dilated Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition where the chambers of the heart are enlarged and weakened, making it so that they cannot ...Read more