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How To Tell If I Have Cardiomyopathy
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Several ways: A patient's history and family history often provide clues to the type of cardiomyopathy as does a physical examination. The diagnostic tests that may be recommended include electrocardiogram, chest x ray, echocardiogram and mri. Genetic testing is becoming more useful. Very rarely, more invasive studies such as cardiac catheterization and myocardial biopsy may be recommended. ...Read more
Restrictive cmyo: read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restrictive_cardiomyopathyGet a more detailed answer ›
HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick, and obstruction to outflow may occur. Arrhythmias may occur as well. It is commonly inherited, first degree relatives should be screened. Patients may have severe symptoms, or no symptoms at all. It is a common cause of death in young athletes who seemed completely healthy. ...Read more
Not acquired: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is caused by mutations of the proteins that make up the contractile apparatus of the heart, in general. That means it is not something you "get." generally, if you have the genetic makeup to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, you should have evidence (abnormal echocardiogram) by 43 years of age, so if you have a normal echocardiogram you aren't going to develop hcm. ...Read more
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