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Is Dilated Cardiomyopathy Curable
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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 of homo sapiens existence. Who first recognized that dilated hearts with congestive failure existed is relatively impossible to pinpoint.
Heart failure: Many people do quite well for years with cardiomyopathy; it depends 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, an what is being done.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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).
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Dilated cardiomyopat: Decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitations.
Generally poor: Stage 4 dilated cadiomyopathy has a generally poor prognosis with the two year survival being about 20-40% at best.
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, let's both do what we can to reduce the barriers to making transplant organs available.
Age: Age of onset, family history and blood tests can help differentite.See 1 more doctor answer
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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.
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