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Dilated Cardiomyopathy Life Expectancy
Dilated means that the heart is enlarged, & cardiomyopathy means sick heart muscle. There are many reasons for the heart muscle to get weak/dilated including genetic disorders, certain inflammatory conditions, & toxins including alcohol. Many cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. Reversal of cardiomyopathy is sometimes possible with treatment, & new ...Read more
Normal: In the bad old days, these people would live normal life spans but remain tiny and simple-minded, like children. Read about "cretins". To allow this to happen to a child today is a disaster, but a few million children in our world suffer from this just from iodine deficiency because of misplaced priorities. ...Read more
Depends...: On severity. Many patients with appropriate treatment can lead full lives. ...Read more
Variable: It is important to understand that the brain may dictate bodily function. If lisencephaly is part of miller-dieker syndrome death may occur before age 2, but sometimes infants may live longer. Remember if the patient cannot feed themselves and is bed-ridden-they are prone to pneumonia, infection-which may lead to an earlier death.Also important are other associated congenital abnormalities. ...Read more
Can be...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease and, over many years, the damage in the lungs increases and eventually can be life-threatening. The progression can be slowed further via smoking cessation and supplemental oxygen, if your oxygen level is low enough to qualify. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complex: One or more chambers of the heart becomes dilated (frequently from uncontrolled blood pressure, mi, or bad valves). The heart gradually becomes insufficient as a pump, usually because one side gets behind in it's work, then pressure rises within the heart, lungs, or peripheral circulation. Medication to improve the pump and/or reduce the volume to be pumped can compensate for the deficiency. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stage 4 kidney dz: Stage 4 chronic kidney disease ( kidney function of 15-30%) occurs for many reasons. People with stable stage 4 disease can live fairly normal lives. However, if the kidney disease is progressing rapidly, it can be associated with more complications (anemia, bone disease, end stage renal disease with dialysis). It is important to follow closely with a nephrologist. ...Read more
Dilated cardiomyopat: Answering this question is difficult. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a general term. The general condition has likely been present through much if not all of homo sapiens existence. Who first recognized that dilated hearts with congestive failure existed is relatively impossible to pinpoint. ...Read more
Often, normal: The spectrum is vast. If diagnosis is based purely on genetic test (i.e. Screening), many people with the gene never develop any cardiac abnormality. If hypertrophy is present, one needs assessment by a cardiologist to determine future risk of serious rhythm problems, based on several measurable variables. It's common for people with this disorder to have completely normal lifespan. ...Read more
Is the life expectancy for people with dilated cardiomyopathy 5 years after their symptoms begin?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Cardiomyopathy: Symptoms vary depending upon the degree of heart failure. Some patients with a dilated cardiomyopathy may have minimal symptoms while heart function is preserved. Once heart function worsens patients may experience shortness of breath, palpitations (feeling like heart is racing or skipping beats), trouble lying flat, fatigue, passing out or nearly passing out, to name a few. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medication: It depends on the reason for the cardiomyopathy. If it is due to disease in the coronary arteries then there are procedure that can open the blood flow to the heart muscle. Otherwise medications are used to help the heart function more efficiently. Occasionally there are reversible causes like thyroid disease. A cardiologist is the best person to discuss this with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cardiomyopathy: Dilated means that the heart is enlarged, & cardiomyopathy means sick heart muscle. There are many reasons for the heart muscle to get weak/dilated including genetic disorders, certain inflammatory conditions, & toxins including alcohol. Many cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. Reversal of cardiomyopathy is sometimes possible with treatment, & new treatments are being developed. ...Read more
No: Schizophrenia does not cause cardiomyopathy; however, some medications used to treat schizophrenia can have adverse cardiovascular effects and may cause diminished cardiac function. There is also a cardiomyopathy associated gene (5) that maybe a risk factor for schizophrenia in some people. ...Read more
Generally poor: Stage 4 dilated cadiomyopathy has a generally poor prognosis with the two year survival being about 20-40% at best. ...Read more
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
Not in our lifetimes: Please forgive my frankness. The heart in most dilated cardiomyopathies is largely replaced by scar tissue. The best hope is stem cell work, but routinely curing this is probably decades off. I wish i could give you better news. In the meantime, let's both do what we can to reduce the barriers to making transplant organs available. ...Read more
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Cardiomyopathy: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a weak heart condition. It is serious and requires long term treatment. It is caused by viruses, poisons, alcohol, genetics and other things. It can kill both suddenly and over time. When well treated it is possible to live a long time, sometimes people need a heart transplant. ...Read more
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