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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

Dr. Joseph Shen
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Dilated Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

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


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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?

Depends: Meds such as acei, b-blockers, water pills, digoxin.Devices such as aicd bi-ventricular pacemakers and left ventricular assist devices. Some pts are transplant candidates. Salt restriction, abstinence from alcohol, aerobic exercize, . ...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?

How serious and common is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Fairly common: Unfortunately it is becoming more common. It can be mild or severe with associated heart failure. Treatment is tailored to the underling cause. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

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 more

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If I develop dilated cardiomyopathy, how will it be treated?

If I develop dilated cardiomyopathy, how will it be treated?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: Dilated cardiomyopathy?

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

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Is schizophernia can cause dilated cardiomyopathy?

Is schizophernia can cause dilated cardiomyopathy?

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

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Dilated cardiomyopathy, stage 4. What is the prognosis?

Generally poor: Stage 4 dilated cadiomyopathy has a generally poor prognosis with the two year survival being about 20-40% at best. ...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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When in future we can expect complete cure for dilated cardiomyopathy?

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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What is dilated cardiomyopathy? How do you get it? Does it kill over time or sudden?

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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How much sodium is too much when on a salt restricted diet for dilated cardiomyopathy.?

How much sodium is too much when on a salt restricted diet for dilated cardiomyopathy.?

2000 mg sodium: We recommend 2000 mg sodium per day and restrict all liquid consumption to 2 liters per day. Need to look at all labels and especially consider the hidden salts that are in bread, pasta, and other carbs. ...Read more

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Define dilated cardiomyopathy and how do you get it also does it kill over time or sudden?

Define dilated cardiomyopathy and how do you get it also does it kill over time or sudden?

Cardiology: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a weakness of the ventricle to the point where it functions at less than half of its capacity. It can be due to many causes from hypertension coronary artery disease drug and alcohol use. It can lead to congestive heart failure and sudden death. ...Read more

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Is calcium a 'cure' for dilated cardiomyopathy?

No: I have never heard that. If your calcium levels are low, you may benefit from replacement therapy, but I don't think that would have any effect on cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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What is cor pulmonale or dilated cardiomyopathy?

2 different things: Tell me more so I can answer your question better. Have you been diagnosed with one or the other, or both? ...Read more

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I have dilated cardiomyopathy, am I able to have sex?

Maybe: A lot depends on overall cardiac function in this condition.
An echo is valuable and a discussion with your cardiologist is priceless. ...Read more

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Could dilated cardiomyopathy affect your eyes at all?

Perhaps: The best answer would depend on the cause of your cardiomyopathy. There is a group of rare diseases that are due to mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondrial diseases can affect the eyes and mitochondrial diseases can cause cardiomyopathy. So, if you have mitochondrial disease, you could have both eye disease and cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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What is cbag, it can be helpful in dilated cardiomyopathy and CHF?

What is cbag, it can be helpful in dilated cardiomyopathy and CHF?

CABG: I assume you mean coronary artery bypass surgery or cabg. This is not applicable to dilated cardiomyopathy and CHF unless the dcm is caused by coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What's dilated cardiomyopathy?

Enlarged heart: Dilated cardiomyopathy is description of an enlarged, poorly contracting heart. It can be due to known factors such as ischemia (coronary), infectiion (virus) drugs (cancer)etc or unknown (idiopathic) which is genetic or familial. The latter is transmitted as autosomal dominant 50% chance of getting it or X linked- mother are carriers but sons get the disease plus muscular dystrophy ...Read more

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What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

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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Symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Many symptoms: Cardiomyopathy can cause a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, easy tiring, exercise intolerance, abnormal heart beats, swelling of legs/feet, dizziness, fainting, difficulties breathing, and others. Learn moe here: http://www. Heart. Org/heartorg/conditions/more/cardiomyopathy/cardiomyopathy_ucm_444459_subhomepage. Jsp. ...Read more

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Is dilated cardiomyopathy reversible?

Is dilated cardiomyopathy reversible?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is. Milder forms can be controlled with medications, which is the majority of patients, and a 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 dilated cardiomyopathy be treated?

Yes: 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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Who discovered dilated cardiomyopathy?

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

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How dangerous is dilated cardiomyopathy?

How dangerous is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is. Milder forms can be controlled with medications, which is the majority of patients, and a 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 a vad help with dilated cardiomyopathy?

Yes: If the cardiomypoathy is severe, and potentially reversible, the lvad can support the circulation while the heart function recovers. In the case of a severe cardiomyopathy, the VAD can support the circulation until a transplant is available, or in some cased be a permanent support instead of a transplant. Most cardiomyopathies are not so severe, and can be treated with medicaions, or a biv pacer. ...Read more

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What causes death in dilated cardiomyopathy?

What causes death in dilated cardiomyopathy?

Heart failure: Many people do quite well for years with cardiomyopathy; it depends why you have it, how well you tolerate the drugs for tx, how healthy your kidneys are, how prone you are to infection.... Your cardiologist should tell you why you have it, an what is being done. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dilated cardiomyopathy?

What are the causes of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Multiple possible: Some cases have no obvious cause. Others may be genetic, viral, uncontrolled hypertension, heart attacks, valve disease, alcohol excess, morbid obesity, or sleep apnea. ...Read more

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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)

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 ...Read more