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Is Dilated Cardiomyopathy Curable
Dilated means that the heart is enlarged, & cardiomyopathy means sick heart muscle. There are many reasons for the heart muscle to get weak/dilated including genetic disorders, certain inflammatory conditions, & toxins including alcohol. Many cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. Reversal of cardiomyopathy is sometimes possible with treatment, & new ...Read more
Cardiomyopathy: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a weak heart condition. It is serious and requires long term treatment. It is caused by viruses, poisons, alcohol, genetics and other things. It can kill both suddenly and over time. When well treated it is possible to live a long time, sometimes people need a heart transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vasodilators: Generally, vasodilating medications, such as ace inhibitors or arb's, along with beta-blockers, are the most helpful in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, with diuretics and nitrates also being of some use. These medications are used to reduce the workload on the heart muscle by reducing oxygen demand of the heart muscle and reducing pressure inside the heart chamber. ...Read more
Probably not: If the diagnosis is correct, all forms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy aren't curable in the sense that it will just get better and go away. However, apical hcm tends to have a much better overall prognosis and fewer symptoms, with a long life expectancy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy whereby the thickening is localized at the tip of the left ventricle. Some are due to mutations of genes that encodes the heart muscles but the majority the cause is unknown. There is no treatment other than treating symptoms if present ,like chest pains,arrhythmia,etc ...Read more
Maybe: There are many types of arrhythmias, and the answer depends on the type. Atrial fibrillation can be controlled with medications or cured with an ablation procedure. Ventricular tachycardia often requires a pacemaker/icd or an ablation procedure. Ventricular fibrillation is deadly if not addressed immediately. There are multiple others, and the treatment ultimately depends on the arrhythmia type. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below:: In mild cases, treatment may not be needed. Heart medicines are used to control symptoms of congestive heart failure and to preserve or improve heart function. Blood thinners may be used to prevent clots from forming within the heart. Rapid heart rhythms are treated by heart medicines and, if life-threatening, implanted cardioverter-defibrillator or pacemakers are used. Transplant is last resort. ...Read more
Wilson's disease: Cardiomyopathy is a rare but well documented complication of Wilson's disease which is is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which copper accumulates in tissues. Whether the cardiomyopathy is reversible is questionable and depends on too many other factors to be definitive for any given individual ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally poor: Stage 4 dilated cadiomyopathy has a generally poor prognosis with the two year survival being about 20-40% at best. ...Read more
No: Schizophrenia does not cause cardiomyopathy; however, some medications used to treat schizophrenia can have adverse cardiovascular effects and may cause diminished cardiac function. There is also a cardiomyopathy associated gene (5) that maybe a risk factor for schizophrenia in some people. ...Read more
Controllable: There is no cure for essential hypertension but for some people it can be controlled through exercise, low sodium diet, and weight loss. For those who do not respond to these measures, anti hypertensive medications will always be necessary for blood pressure control. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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