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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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What to do if I'm diabetic and I suffer from hypotrophic cardiomyopathy?

What to do if I'm diabetic and I suffer from hypotrophic cardiomyopathy?

Nothing: Take care of your diabetes as you are more likely to die from its complications as you grow older than your Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. A good life style is good for both conditions. ...Read more

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I am diabetic and I suffer from hypotrophic cardiomyopathy. What are things to avoid?

I am diabetic and I suffer from hypotrophic cardiomyopathy. What are things to avoid?

HypErtrophic: Avoid allowing your diabetes to become uncontrolled as this causes uncontrolled diuresis, volume contraction, and more severe outlet obstruction with chest pain and low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Swollen above left collarbone light swelling right side on a lot of meds hypotrophic cardiomyopathy high bp. Alot of weight gain large neck not soft o?

Swollen above left collarbone light swelling right side on a lot of meds hypotrophic cardiomyopathy high bp. Alot of weight gain large neck not soft o?

Get checked out: Any swelling in a person with these kinds of issues needs investigation. Call your doc and get these checked immediately, and please do not wait too long. ...Read more

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What is cardiomyopathy?

What is cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: Read this:

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/cardiomyopathy/basics/definition/con-20026819

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What is cardiomyopathy?

What is cardiomyopathy?

Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is a generic term for abnormal heart muscle. It can be caused by infections, poisons, genetics, and physiologic causes. There are both weak heart and 'strong heart' cardiomyopathies. The cause of someone's cardiomyopathy requires more information than the term cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Does cardiomyopathy hurt?

No: If you have ischemia from coronary artery disease along with it then you may feel the pain of angina in your chest. ...Read more

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What causes cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: This is a nonspecific term, the problem can be genetic, infectious, inflammatory, toxic, neoplastic, metabolic and idiopathic and I probably forgot some ...Read more

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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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What does cardiomyopathy mean?

Muscle disease: Cardio = heart. Myo = muscle. Opathy = poor function/disease. Therefore cardiomyopathy is a disease/poor function of cardiac muscle. ...Read more

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How do you get cardiomyopathy?

How do you get cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: Many causes of cardiomyopathy. Among them are inherited, viruses, toxins like alcohol, radiation, aids, other infectious agents, autoimmune, sarcoidosis, catecholamines, chronic tachycardia and more. ...Read more

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Does cardiomyopathy get better?

Yes, depends on the: Yes it can get better, it depends on the cause. If its due to drinking too much alcohol then stopping alcohol will improve it plus with the help of certain medications such as ace inhibitors or arb, s & certain beta blockers such as carvedilol. If its due to blockage of coronary arteries then revascularization either with a stent or bypass surgery would help. ...Read more

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How is cardiomyopathy contracted?

Let discuss this: Cardiomyopathy means damaged heart muscle of any type. This damage indicates the heart is not working effectively as a pump., the most common causes of cardiomyopathy are "ischemic", due to heart attacks or "viral", due to damage done to the heart muscle from a severe viral attack. Like all viral infections this is contracted from other people but they cause disease only in susceptible people. ...Read more

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What is cardiomyopathy caused by?

Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is weakened heart muscle contraction. Most common cause is prior heart attacks. However, there are many other potential causes: alcohol (or cocaine) abuse, viral infection (especially coxsackie virus), genetic mutations in certain cardiac structural proteins, uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, hiv, and toxins such as certain chemotherapy agents are some of these. ...Read more

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What are cures for cardiomyopathy?

Depends on cause: Some cardiomyopathies can be treated or rarely "cured" but most cannot. Dilated is the most common. Some curable forms include nutritional, lbbb, tachycardia induced, sarcoid. Most can be treated with medication to stabilize the damage. Some cardiomyopathies will spontaneously improve. Others will progress. Restrictive and hypertrophic can also be managed. 400 characters is too short to answer. ...Read more

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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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Is cardiomyopathy a common disease?

No: It is not common, but it is serious. ...Read more

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How does someone get cardiomyopathy?

Many different ways: Cardiomyopathy is weakened heart muscle contraction. Most common cause is prior heart attacks. However, there are many other potential causes: alcohol (or cocaine) abuse, viral infection (especially coxsackie virus), genetic mutations in certain cardiac structural proteins, uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, hiv, and toxins such as certain chemotherapy agents are some of these. ...Read more

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How often does cardiomyopathy occur?

Cardiomyopaty incide: Cardiomyopathy is a relatively common disease, with multiple causes including ischemic heart disease, idiopathic, alcoholism, and chagas' disease, and numerous other rarer causes. Ischemic heart disease is by far the most common cause. ...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?

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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Can someone live with cardiomyopathy?

Yes: Yes, it all depends on the type of cardiomyopathy, its severity, and one's co-morbid medical problems. With proper follow-up, medications, and adherence to medical recommendations, cardiomyopathy may be manageable. ...Read more

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What types of cardiomyopathy are there?

Cardiomyopathy: There are 3 major types of cardiomyopathy: dilated, hypertrophic, and restrictive. Within these 3 major types there are a multitude of different causes. The space available here limits the discussion of all of these. Treatment and prognosis of the cardiomyopathy is dependent upon which type it falls under and on the particular cause. ...Read more

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What people does cardiomyopathy affect?

What people does cardiomyopathy affect?

Different types: Cardiomyopathy (weak heart muscle) is most often caused by prior heart attacks leaving portions of the heart muscle damaged. However, this condition can occur due to longstanding (poorly controlled) hypertension or diabetes, as well as from alcohol or Cocaine abuse or HIV infection. Other causes include viral-induced inflammation of the heart, or genetic abnormalities (i.e. "familial"). ...Read more