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Doctor insights on: Is There A Natural Cure For Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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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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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