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Doctor insights on: How Contagious Is Cardiomyopathy

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Is cardiomyapthy contagious?

It is not: But it can be congenital, can be caused by infection, immunologic, autoimmune conditions etc. ...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


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Can you use stem cells to heal cardiomyopathies in children?

Can you use stem cells to heal cardiomyopathies in children?

Clinical Trial Now: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more

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And what cardiomyopathies might result from increased aortic pressure?

And what cardiomyopathies might result from increased aortic pressure?

Hypertrophic or...: Hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy can both result with hypertrophy generally occurring first. ...Read more

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Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

MRI: Yes an MRI can be used to diagnose enlarged heart, cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Another test that is often used to make these diagnoses is the echocardiogram. MRI uses magnets to image the heart and echocardiogram uses ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can cardiomyopathy be cured?

Can cardiomyopathy be cured?

Depends: It depends on the cause. If due to alcohol, abstention often cures it. If due to pregnancy, about 50% return to normal. Due to chemotherapy, it rarely improves. Due to viral illness, many get better. If inherited, it won't get better. All of the above aside, there are medications and sometimes devices that can be very helpful for everyone. ...Read more

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How can cardiomyopathy be treated?

How can cardiomyopathy be treated?

Depends: First is confirming the diagnosis, then sorting out the many causes (looking for reversible ones). Symptoms can be controlled with diuretics, but the physiology needs management with ace inhibitors or arbs, and beta-blockers. Spironolactone if severe. Associated arrhythmias require attention. Some cardiomyopathies may resolve over time. Others may require mechanical support or transplant. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cardiomyopathy?

What are symptoms of cardiomyopathy?

Depends: There are diffrent types of cardiomyopathy with diffrent degrees of severity. Usually shortness of breath and increased swelling in legs. Some pts can't lie flat in bed and wake up short of breath. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cardiomyopathy?

What are symptoms of cardiomyopathy?

Variable: It depends upon the severity of the cardiomyopathy and ranges from no symptoms at all to severe symptoms that do not allow the individual to perform normal daily tasks. Presenting symptoms, when present, include fatigue, shortness of breath and palpitations. ...Read more

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Is cardiomyopathy dangerous to have?

Is cardiomyopathy dangerous to have?

Depends: It depends on the cause and if there are reversible factors. If it is severe and/or progressive, getting to a heart failure specialist is critical, but any cardiomyopathy should have at least a full cardiology consultation to assess the possible treatment paths appropriate for the circumstances. ...Read more

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Describe the features of cardiomyopathy.?

Fatigue and dyspnea: Cardiomyopathy (aka heart muscle weakness) can lead to clinical heart failure symptoms: shortness of breath, fluid retention with leg and abdominal swelling, fatigue and lack of energy. Cardiomyopathy can be caused by coronary disease/ prior heart attacks, uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, heavy alcohol use, prior chemotherapy or viral infections. ...Read more

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What are common causes of cardiomyopathy?

Several: One of the most common causes of cardiomyopathy (cm) is atherosclerosis.By blocking or impairing blood flow the heart muscle suffers. Heart attacks can cause permanent scarring and fibrosis. Other causes can be viral or physiologic conditions like pregnancy (peripartum cm).Toxins like excessive alcohol can cause CM (usually reversible if caught early) or chemotherapy agents. Some causes are unknown. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for cardiomyopathy?

What is the prognosis for cardiomyopathy?

Depends: It depends on how severe it is. It can be very mild or very severe. In general many people with treatment can do quite well but the potential for deterioration is there. ...Read more

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What causes in cardiomyopathy in a young person?

Depends: In a young person, either viruses or pregnancy can cause cardiomyopathy in a young person. In rare cases, rheumatic heart disease with severe valve disease can cause cardiomyopathy, but that is extrememely rare except in people from central america or 3rd world nations where antiobiotics are hard to get. Otherwise, congenital heart disease can cause cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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What is the difference in nonischemic cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: Cardiomyopathy is weakness of the heart muscles sometimes leading to heart failure. Can be ischemic cardiomyopathy which is due to narrowing of the blood vessels of your heart or can be non-ischemic which can be due to a variety of causes including hypertension, viral infection, or metabolic diseases (amyloidosis/sarcoidosis) among other things. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Could someone describe the symptoms of cardiomyopathy?

Could someone describe the symptoms of cardiomyopathy?

Symptoms!: Cardiomyopathy implies contractile issues with the heart muscle. It can be due to viral infection, hypertension, diabetes, previous heart attacks. Since the ability to pump blood is compromised, the usual symptoms iclude shortness of breath and diminished exercise or physical capacity. Edema of the lower extremities may occur. Hands and feet may be cold. These are common sx. Many more! ...Read more

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Are there racial disparities in regards to cardiomyopathy?

Hhhhmmm: This answer could probably fill a thousand page book and at the risk of being too simplistic I will say in my opinion the majority of cardiomyopathy are caused by extrinsic factors such as viral infection and this is subject to the health of the population at risk and so socioeconomic factors play stronger meaning low se groups are at higher risk and this may appear to be of a racial nature. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is cardiomyopathy and what causes it?

Complex: There are 3 types: hypertrophic (walls are too thick), dilated (enlarged chamber, weak muscle) and restrictive (abnormal relaxation and filling) - all can cause heart failure. There are too many causes to list here. The most common: unknown cause (idiopathic), hypertensive, ischemic, viral, inherited, alcohol induced, chemotherapy induced. ...Read more

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Could I have cardiomyopathy? How is it checked for or diagnosed?

Could I have cardiomyopathy? How is it checked for or diagnosed?

Echo: A complete cardiac evaluation, including family history, symptoms, examination, ekg and echocardiogram will be needed. ...Read more

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What is primary cardiomyopathy?

Refers: To a cause of a heart muscle abnormality (cardiomyopathy) in which the heart alone is affected. ...Read more

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Does chemo affect cardiomyopathy?

It can: There are some chemotherapy medicines that carry a risk of cardiomyopathy. I don't know if you are asking if chemotherapy can cause cardiomyopathy or if chemotherapy can worsen cardiomyopathy in a patient who has cardiomyopathy already but either is possible. Discussion with your medical oncologist can allow you to have a detailed talk about the risks of any chemotherapy being planned. ...Read more

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Can a biv help with cardiomyopathy?

CRT: If your qrs is wide, yes. It is all based on the ekg. ...Read more

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How can someone prevent cardiomyopathy?

Depends: Some forms of cardiomyopathy (cm) are not preventable. These include CM due to genetic conditions, infections and co-morbid conditions like hypertension and diabetes. For people who have these conditions or coronary artery disease modifying risk factors with lifestyle changes, quitting smoking, good control of blood pressure and sugar levels can help. For some, like alcoholic CM simply avoid drink. ...Read more

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Can you describe glycogen cardiomyopathy?

A genetic disease: Both genes cause glycogen storage cardiomyopathy, which can mimic hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Can you describe idiopathic cardiomyopathy?

Can you describe idiopathic cardiomyopathy?

Yes: A cardiomyopathy implies a condition where the muscle tissue of the heart does not contract in amanner efficient enough to meet its demands. The weakned heart muscle can be caused by many etiologies, heart attacks, viruses, toxins, etc. When it is labled idiopathic it means the exact cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Are there any tips to prevent cardiomyopathy?

Heart disease: Is the most common cause of cardiomyopathy. Treating risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, tobacco cessation is agood start. Other potential causes include alcohol abuse and certain nonprescription drugs. ...Read more

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Are headaches associated with cardiomyopathy?

No: One would not expect a headache from a cardiomyopathy itself unless there were some complication or if the headache resulted from a medication. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more