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

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, let's both do what we can to reduce the barriers to making transplant organs available. ...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 calcium a 'cure' for dilated cardiomyopathy?

Is calcium a 'cure' for dilated cardiomyopathy?

No: I have never heard that. If your calcium levels are low, you may benefit from replacement therapy, but i don't think that would have any effect on cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Does a pacemaker/defibrillator cure dilated cardiomyopathy?

Does a pacemaker/defibrillator cure dilated cardiomyopathy?

Not usually.: An icd (defibrillator) may rescue you from cardiac arrest, which is a risk one carries with cardiomyopathy - but it doesn't cure cardiomyopathy. A bi-ventricular pacemaker (or biv-icd) may reverse some of the cardiomyopathy, but not always. ...Read more

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What people get dilated cardiomyopathy?

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

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Can you explain dilated cardiomyopathy?

Not Clear...: Dilated cardiomyopathy, as far as we understand, comes in four broad categories... Genetic, infectious, ischemic, toxic. The term dilated cardiomyopathy describes how the heart looks and squeezes... Dilated, stretched out... Ie a balloon that has been over inflated for weeks, when the air is let out it is much larger than it's original size and doesn't have the same elastic properties. ...Read more

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How can you treat dilated cardiomyopathy?

Depends: Meds such as acei, b-blockers, water pills, digoxin.Devices such as aicd bi-ventricular pacemakers and left ventricular assist devices. Some pts are transplant candidates. Salt restriction , abstinence from alcohol, aerobic exercize, . ...Read more

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Can you reverse a dilated cardiomyopathy?

There are treatments: Some kinds of dilated cardiomyopathy improve with time, such as those caused by alcohol abuse, which may improve with abstinence. In other cases the standard medications for heart failure do not cure, but can improve heart function and devices like an aicd help control arrythmias. ...Read more

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Is it possible to reverse dilated cardiomyopathy?

Dilated cardiomyopat: Sometimes is the best answer. It depends on the cause of the cardiomyopathy. The treatment involves a diuretic, ace inhibitor and beta blocker. Patients are followed wit echocardiograms to evaluate the heart function. ...Read more

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How serious and common is dilated cardiomyopathy?

How serious and common is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Fairly common: Unfortunately it is becoming more common. It can be mild or severe with associated heart failure. Treatment is tailored to the underling cause. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: Symptoms vary depending upon the degree of heart failure. Some patients with a dilated cardiomyopathy may have minimal symptoms while heart function is preserved. Once heart function worsens patients may experience shortness of breath, palpitations (feeling like heart is racing or skipping beats), trouble lying flat, fatigue, passing out or nearly passing out, to name a few. ...Read more

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If I develop dilated cardiomyopathy, how will it be treated?

If I develop dilated cardiomyopathy, how will it be treated?

Medication: It depends on the reason for the cardiomyopathy. If it is due to disease in the coronary arteries then there are procedure that can open the blood flow to the heart muscle. Otherwise medications are used to help the heart function more efficiently. Occasionally there are reversible causes like thyroid disease. A cardiologist is the best person to discuss this with. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Dilated cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: 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 treatments are being developed. ...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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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 is cor pulmonale or dilated cardiomyopathy?

2 different things: Tell me more so i can answer your question better. Have you been diagnosed with one or the other, or both? ...Read more

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I have dilated cardiomyopathy, am I able to have sex?

Maybe: A lot depends on overall cardiac function in this condition.
An echo is valuable and a discussion with your cardiologist is priceless. ...Read more

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Could dilated cardiomyopathy affect your eyes at all?

Perhaps: The best answer would depend on the cause of your cardiomyopathy. There is a group of rare diseases that are due to mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondrial diseases can affect the eyes and mitochondrial diseases can cause cardiomyopathy. So, if you have mitochondrial disease, you could have both eye disease and cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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What is cbag , it can be helpful in dilated cardiomyopathy and CHF ?

What is cbag  , it can be helpful in dilated cardiomyopathy and CHF ?

CABG: I assume you mean coronary artery bypass surgery or cabg. This is not applicable to dilated cardiomyopathy and CHF unless the dcm is caused by coronary artery disease. ...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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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

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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

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