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How Long Can A Child Live With Dilated Cardiomyopathy With Medicines
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: There are some known agents. A good example is chemotherapeutic agents. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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