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I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and a biventricular icd. The problem I am having is there are days i can't seem to stay awake. Normal?

I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and a biventricular icd. The problem I am having is there are days i can't seem to stay awake. Normal?

Often not: You seem to have congestive heart failure and are probably on several medications, your symptoms may be from the medications, from variations in your congestive heart failure status, or inadequate effectiveness of your biventricular icd's resynchronization (the special pacing it does to improve your heart's function. See you docrotr. ...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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How does high c reactive protein affect or is related to idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (10.9)?

Quite variable: It depends on a lot of things but the bottom line is that the length of survival varies greatly. Some children or adults live a very long time with severe disease of the heart muscle. Of course, the treatment will affect this but in an individual case it is just hard to predict. ...Read more

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Can dilated cardiomyopathy thought to be brought on by a virus go away and come back 9 years later as idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy? Ef both x 20%

Can dilated cardiomyopathy thought to be brought on by a virus go away and come back 9 years later as idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy? Ef both x 20%

Probably the same: Idiopathic simply means no one knows the origen. Since your original cardiomyopathy was due to a virus, this is likely the result from the da, age done at that time. Either way, the treatment will be the same. ...Read more

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Why did i feel so good for 6 weeks after bi vent icd placement then heart failure symptoms returned? I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

Why did i feel so good for 6 weeks after bi vent icd placement then heart failure symptoms returned? I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

BiV ICD: Sometimes the programming of the device needs to be changed or some other event has changed the relation of the device to the heart. Let your cardiologist know and the device can be analyzed to see if something can be done. ...Read more

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Can a biventricular icd reading show if heart failure is worse in someone with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy? What would it show?

ICD: A biv icd is therapy for heart failure and poor left ventricular function. One of the types on the market has an impedance device in it which can predict changes in fluid status. All biv icds do not have this particular technology. Changes in chest impedance can indicate changes in fluid volumes in the chest and heart failure status. ...Read more

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What is the difference between idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure ? Both terms have been used these past 9 years

Disease vs. result: Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes weak without obvious cause. Some cases are genetic some may have been triggered by a virus. Congestive heart failure, is the result of the weak heart's inability to circulate the blood adequately. This may result in symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath and signs such as chest congestion and swelling. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for a 51 year old with stage 3 heart failure from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy? This was before bivent icd.

BiV changes everythi: Resynchronization with a bi-v pacemaker has changed the landscape. Have your ef rechecked several months after the implantation. It may be normal now. If so, your prognosis is excellent. ...Read more

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Can a virus or cold affect idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy/heart failure?Having worse trouble breathing and mucus tinged with blood. No swelling.

Yes! : An infection can affect your heart muscle function due to increased demand. In addition, you may have the heart itself infected. So be very careful, best luck! ...Read more

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I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. After eating I have shortness of breath, low blood pressure & fall asleep sitting up for 2 1/2 hrs. Normal?

Possibly: Depends on how severe your cardiomyopathy is. High salt consumption could make the heart failure worse, causing shortness of breath. Eating too much food at a single setting might also cause some problems. This is a serious medical condition and you need to tell your cardiologist about this. ...Read more

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Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more


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