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Is there a relationship between dilated cardiomyopathy and fibromyalgia?

Is there a relationship between dilated cardiomyopathy and fibromyalgia?

Chest Pain: Not really. A person suffering with a cardiomyopathy may eventually get fibromyalgia due to the depletion of nutrients and hormones caused by the poor pumping function of the heart. But the reverse is not true....People with fibromyalgia do not go on to have cardiomyopathies as a routine outcome. ...Read more

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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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What is the relationship between dilated cardiomyopathy and fibromyalgia?

What is the relationship between dilated cardiomyopathy and fibromyalgia?

Not much: Dilated cardiomyopathy leads to decrease pumping of blood to the brain and rest of the body. Pt. Usually get short of breath from mild to moderate physical exertion. May lead to congestive heart failure with activity limitations. Fibromyalgia is a condition in which there is generalized pain in most areas of the body. Depression, lack of sleep, stress may increase the pain. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between aortic stenosis and dilated cardiomyopathy?

Is there a relationship between aortic stenosis and dilated cardiomyopathy?

Aortic stenosis: The end stage of aortic stenosis is a dilated cardiomyopathy if the patient lives that long. Serious aortic stenosis and dilated cardiomyopathy are relatively incompatible. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between dilated cardiomyopathy and fibromyalgia?

No: None that has been described in good peer-reviewed literature. These are two separate diseases that may be devastating in their own way. ...Read more

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Can a vad help with dilated cardiomyopathy?

Yes: If the cardiomypoathy is severe, and potentially reversible, the lvad can support the circulation while the heart function recovers. In the case of a severe cardiomyopathy, the VAD can support the circulation until a transplant is available, or in some cased be a permanent support instead of a transplant. Most cardiomyopathies are not so severe, and can be treated with medicaions, or a biv pacer. ...Read more

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Why does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your ef?

Why does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your ef?

Sick heart muscle: The ef is the ejection fraction, a measurement of heart function that estimates the percent of the blood volume that is ejected with each heart beat. Normal is usually > 50%. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle is sick and functions poorly. Because the heart muscle is weakened, it can't pump normally and therefore ejects less blood with each heart beat. Thus a low ef. ...Read more

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How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your body?

How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your body?

Many ways: The output of your heart is reduced so that you might get short of breath, your feet and abdomen could swell, your liver can enlarge and get congested, fluid can accumulate in your lungs, your heart will enlarge. Your lips and fingers may look bluish if the oxygen in the blood drops. Since the output of the heart becomes low, all the other organs can be affected. ...Read more

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How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your health?

How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect your health?

Impaired heart: The weakened heart muscle causes symptoms related to heart failure, such as shortness of breath, easy fatigue, leg swelling etc. And there is a risk of heart arrhythmia. If severe enough other organs began to fail because of impaired pumping function of the heart. There are treatments however to address these problems. ...Read more

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How is a reversible dilated cardiomyopathy corrected?

How is a reversible dilated cardiomyopathy corrected?

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

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Can a child have dilated cardiomyopathy like an adult?

Can a child have dilated cardiomyopathy like an adult?

Yes: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened and the heart is enlarged. The most common cause in childhood is an infection with a virus, often the same sorts of viruses that cause the stomach flu (enteroviruses). Some other causes include genetic problems, muscular dystrophy, toxic exposures (including drugs), heart rhythm problems and malformations of the heart. ...Read more

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What parts of the body does dilated cardiomyopathy affect?

All: Depending on how bad it is, there is not enough blood flow to any part of the body including brain, kidneys, lungs, muscles etc. ...Read more

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Can certain medications that causes dilated cardiomyopathy?

Can certain medications that causes dilated cardiomyopathy?

Yes: Yes. A good example would be doxorubicin which is well known to cause cardiomyopathy. This is a chemotherapeutic agent used by oncologists to treat cancer. Oncologists pay close attention to the dose in order to limit injury to the heart. ...Read more

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How does dilated cardiomyopathy affect the way people feel?

A variety of ways: There are many manifestations of a dilated cardiomyopathy. It depends on how severe the cardiomyopathy is, how many comorbidities exit and so on. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, exertional intolerance, accumulation of fluid, difficulty laying flat and so on. ...Read more

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Does a dilated cardiomyopathy disappears when Wilson's disease is treated?

Does a dilated cardiomyopathy disappears when Wilson's disease is treated?

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 more

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What is dilated cardiomyopathy and what echocardiographic features may suggest this disease? Thanks

Big subject: I'm not a cardiologist, but here is some info for you on the subject. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dilated-cardiomyopathy/basics/definition/con-20032887 ...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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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, ...Read more


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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