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Symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Many symptoms: Cardiomyopathy can cause a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, easy tiring, exercise intolerance, abnormal heart beats, swelling of legs/feet, dizziness, fainting, difficulties breathing, and others. Learn moe here: http://www.Heart. Org/heartorg/conditions/more/cardiomyopathy/cardiomyopathy_ucm_444459_subhomepage. Jsp. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Shen
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Dilated Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

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


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Is dilated cardiomyopathy reversible?

Is dilated cardiomyopathy reversible?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is. Milder forms can be controlled with medications, which is the majority of patients, and a normal lifestyle is quite possible. The most severe cases may be eligible for heart transplantation, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can dilated cardiomyopathy be treated?

Can dilated cardiomyopathy be treated?

Yes: Any potential causes should be addressed. There are several medications that, in combination, may greatly improve symptoms and slow progression of disease. Lifestyle modifications are appropriate such as tobacco and alcohol abstinence, weight management. In severe cases, there are several surgical options from special pacemakers and defibrillators to heart assist devices to transplantation. ...Read more

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Who discovered dilated cardiomyopathy?

Who discovered dilated cardiomyopathy?

Dilated cardiomyopat: Answering this question is difficult. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a general term. The general condition has likely been present through much if not all homo sapiens existence. Who first recognized that dilated hearts with congestive failure existed is relatively impossible to pinpoint. ...Read more

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How dangerous is dilated cardiomyopathy?

How dangerous is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is. Milder forms can be controlled with medications, which is the majority of patients, and a normal lifestyle is quite possible. The most severe cases may be eligible for heart transplantation, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes death in dilated cardiomyopathy?

What causes death in dilated cardiomyopathy?

Heart failure: Many people do quite well for years with cardiomyopathy; it depends on why you have it, how well you tolerate the drugs for tx, how healthy your kidneys are, how prone you are to infection.... Your cardiologist should tell you why you have it, a what is being done. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dilated cardiomyopathy?

Echocardiogram: Echocardiogram is the definitive first line test for dilated cardiomyopathy. The most common cause of dilated cardiomyopathy is coronary artery disease, so cardiac cath often is also a test required in dilated cardiomyopathy to determine the presence and severity of coronary artery disease. Aortic or mitral valve disease can also cause dilated cardiomyopathy, both detected on echocardiogram. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Like heart failure : You might feel fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath while you are lying down or physically active, lightheaded, dizzy, fainting, persistent cough of wheezing especial at when you are lying downs. You might have leg, ankle or feet swelling, sudden weight gain or fluid retention, lack of appetite, heart flutters, palpitations and pale skin. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

What are the symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Several: Some patients may be asymptomatic, but others have symptoms that range from exertional fatigue to overt anginal chest pain, to exertional shortness of breath, to overt heart failure with severe shortness of breath on low levels of exertion. The extreme involves syncope from near fatal or fatal ventricular arrhythmias, to fatal or non-fatal myocardial infarction (heart attack). ...Read more

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What kind of condition is dilated cardiomyopathy?

What kind of condition is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Weak heart: This literally means 'weak heart muscle'. The most common cause is heart attack(s). When the heart muscle is damaged it becomes weak and the heart can dilate (become bigger). There are several other causes which can happen at any age. For example some viruses can attack the heart and weaken it and alcoholism is another known cause. ...Read more

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How commonly does a dilated cardiomyopathy occur?

How commonly does a dilated cardiomyopathy occur?

8 per 100,000: There are approximately 8 cases per 100, 000 people. Roughly 20% of dilated cardiomyopathy are familial. ...Read more

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Is schizophernia can cause dilated cardiomyopathy?

Is schizophernia can cause dilated cardiomyopathy?

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

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Dilated cardiomyopathy, stage 4. What is the prognosis?

Generally poor: Stage 4 dilated cadiomyopathy has a generally poor prognosis with the two-year survival being about 20-40% at best. ...Read more

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What are the diagnostic criteria of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Efficiency + size: Ejection fraction of less than 40% and left ventricular end-diastolic size more than 115% of normal size calculated from age and body surface area. Read more here: http://www.Clevelandclinicmeded. Com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/cardiology/dilated-restrictive-cardiomyopathy/. ...Read more

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When in future we can expect complete cure for dilated cardiomyopathy?

Not in our lifetimes: Please forgive my frankness. The heart in most dilated cardiomyopathies is largely replaced by scar tissue. The best hope is stem cell work, but routinely curing this is probably decades off. I wish I could give you better news. In the meantime, lets both do what we can to reduce the barriers to making transplant organs available. ...Read more

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What is dilated cardiomyopathy? How do you get it? Does it kill over time or sudden?

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 more

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How much sodium is too much when on a salt restricted diet for dilated cardiomyopathy.?

How much sodium is too much when on a salt restricted diet for dilated cardiomyopathy.?

2000 mg sodium: We recommend 2000 mg sodium per day and restrict all liquid consumption to 2 liters per day. Need to look at all labels and especially consider the hidden salts that are in bread, pasta, and other carbs. ...Read more

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Define dilated cardiomyopathy and how do you get it also does it kill over time or sudden?

Define dilated cardiomyopathy and how do you get it also does it kill over time or sudden?

Cardiology: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a weakness of the ventricle to the point where it functions at less than half of its capacity. It can be due to many causes from hypertension coronary artery disease drug and alcohol use. It can lead to congestive heart failure and sudden death. ...Read more

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Is the life expectancy for people with dilated cardiomyopathy 5 years after their symptoms begin?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is and how well it responds to medicines. Some may recover, some may be stabilized with medicines, some may require heart transplant or die. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for dilated cardiomyopathy?

It depends: In general, the treatments for dilated cardiomyopathy are supportive and may include a combination of medications such as beta blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin ii receptor blockers, aldosterone antagonists, and diuretics. Mechanical devices may include biventricular pacemakers and ventricular assist devices. Heart transplant may be an option if other treatments fail. ...Read more

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Could dilated cardiomyopathy called apical cardiomyopathy?

Different: Typically, when the modifier "apical" is added to cardiomyopathy, it refers to a type of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Generally, dilated cardiomopathy is thought of as a distinct and separate class of diseases from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Would dilated cardiomyopathy shown signs on ecg?

Abnormalnot specific: There are no ECG features unique to dcm, although the ECG is usually abnormal. Most common ECG abnormalities are associated with atrial and ventricular hypertrophy — typically, left sided changes are seen but there may be signs of biatrial or biventricular hypertrophy. Interventricular conduction delays occur due to cardiac dilatation. Voltage can be reduced by lot of fibrosis. ...Read more

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What's dilated cardiomyopathy?

Enlarged heart: Dilated cardiomyopathy is description of an enlarged, poorly contracting heart. It can be due to known factors such as ischemia(coronary), infectiion(virus) drugs(cancer)etc or unknown (idiopathic) which is genetic or familial. The latter is transmitted as autosomal dominant 50% chance of getting it or X linked- mother are carriers but sons get the disease plus muscular dystrophy ...Read more

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What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

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 more

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What people get dilated cardiomyopathy?

All kinds: People from all kinds of different backgrounds end up with dilated cardiomyopathy (dcm) from severe coronary atherosclerotic heart disease and other such identifiable causes. This being written, if no cause is identified, we call it idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (idcm). ...Read more

Dr. Barton Cook
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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