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How long can a child live with dilated cardiomyopathy with medicines?

How long can a child live with dilated cardiomyopathy with medicines?

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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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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Can a child have dilated cardiomyopathy like an adult?

Can a child have dilated cardiomyopathy like an adult?

Yes: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened and the heart is enlarged. The most common cause in childhood is an infection with a virus, often the same sorts of viruses that cause the stomach flu (enteroviruses). Some other causes include genetic problems, muscular dystrophy, toxic exposures (including drugs), heart rhythm problems and malformations of the heart. ...Read more

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Can certain medicines lead to dilated cardiomyopathy?

Can certain medicines lead to  dilated cardiomyopathy?

Yes: There are some known agents. A good example is chemotherapeutic agents. ...Read more

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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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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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Is is possible to have a dilated cardiomyopathy and bradycardia? I take no medicines for the cardiomyopathy.

Is is possible to have a dilated cardiomyopathy and bradycardia? I take no medicines for the cardiomyopathy.

Yes, it's possible: Bradycardia can go along with cardiomyopathies. It can also be normal in some people, especially athletes. Bradycardia (low heart rate) needs emergency treatment if it causes symptoms: fainting, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath. If you have been diagnosed with both these things, then you're seeing a cardiologist, probably, who'll know what treatment you need & what to watch for. ...Read more

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If you have dilated cardiomyopathy caused by prolonged arrhythmia, would it go away when treated properly? Or is damaged- damaged and won't go away?

Yes: frequent cardiac irregularity such as ventricular premature beats including those considered benign like outflow track PVCs can cause a cardiomyopathy which can be reversible by catheter ablation. This is a possibility when an underlying structural heart disease is ruled out. A cardiologist can help sort this out ...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