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Whats the life expectancy of dilated cardiomyopathy with diabetes?

Whats the life expectancy of dilated cardiomyopathy with diabetes?

Too vague: A question. Poorly managed cardiomyopathy (which type?) and diabetes will almost certainly fare worse than those with optimal treatment and compliance. ...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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Can a vad help with dilated cardiomyopathy?

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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Prognosis of dilated cardiomyopathy with ejection fraction of 17 to 18 %?

Prognosis of dilated cardiomyopathy with ejection fraction of 17 to 18 %?

Not so good: Prognosis depends on multiple factors, not just ejection fraction. Age, severity of symptoms, and especially cause of cardiomyopathy. Cardiac function may improve in some with treatment. Severely symptomatic heart failure carries a worse prognosis. Best would be to discuss this with a heart failure specialist. ...Read more

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Please explain complications for severely dilated left atrium of 6 CM with moderate pulmonary hypertension with rvsp of 54 mm. ?

Please explain complications for severely dilated left atrium of 6 CM with moderate pulmonary hypertension with rvsp of 54 mm.  ?

LAE and PH: Left atrial enlargement (LAE) and pulmonary hypertension (ph) often indicate that the ph is due to left heart disease, what is called group 2 pulmonary venous hypertension. One needs to determine the cause of the left heart disease before making treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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Are heart transplants typically performed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Are heart transplants typically performed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

No: There are many people who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathies who do not require transplant and live productive lives. ...Read more

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How serious is marijuana for people with dilated cardio myopathy?

How serious is marijuana for people with dilated cardio myopathy?

Very : Any inhaled pollutant is not healthy for a cardiomyopathy patient. Using weed is not healthy anyway. Best to discontinue any form of smoking for your brain and heart's sake. ...Read more

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Can people with bicuspid aortic valve live long?

Can people with bicuspid aortic valve live long?

Yes: Pts with congenital bicuspid aortic valves are monitored with 2-d echos and with regular follow up in office . With a younger pt over time the valve typically progresses and needs replacing. Timming is critical. All siblings should also be screened. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 25 year old female with Lupus and Dilated Cardiomyopathy?

What is the life expectancy of a 25 year old female with Lupus and Dilated Cardiomyopathy?

No answer: There are way too many variables that I don't have the information on to answer that. Obviously, you are anxious deliberating this at age 25. You can live a normal life span with lupus. You can also live varying amounts of time with dilated cardiomyopathy - it depends on severity, co-existing conditions, your general health otherwise, & most important, your willingness and ability to live healthy. ...Read more

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Can someone live with a leaky heart valve?

Can someone live with a leaky heart valve?

Yes: Many people can have mild leaks (regurgitation) of one or more of their heart valves (aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic). Often mild to moderate regurgitation is tolerated quite well and can be followed. Moderate to severe regurgitation can sometimes be followed closely if the patient has no symptoms and the heart is otherwise ok, but severe leaks can lead to serious problems. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about cardiac output in patient with dilated cardiomyopathy?

Can you tell me more about cardiac output in patient with dilated cardiomyopathy?

Typically decreased: Dilated cardiomyopathy in the classic form has greatest effect on the left ventricle, which is responsible for pumping blood to the body. In dilated cardiomyopathy, the muscle that makes up the left ventricle is weaker than normal and has less reserve. Therefore, typically, the cardiac output is less than normal and the ability to increase cardiac output for exercise is blunted. Meds can help. ...Read more

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Can 5 weeks of pulmonary hypertension (as well as a few other diagnoses) lead to moderate anoxic brain injury? A patient in his early 50's receives diagnosis of mssa- causing pulmonary hypertension, chf, aortic valve regurgitation, a stretched mitral valv

Can 5 weeks of pulmonary hypertension (as well as a few other diagnoses) lead to moderate anoxic brain injury? A patient in his early 50's receives diagnosis of mssa- causing pulmonary hypertension, chf, aortic valve regurgitation, a stretched mitral valv

Endocarditis: Anoxic brain injury can occur after cardiac arrest. The heart disease you mention could lead to cardiac arrest but you did not mention this in your history. I am concerned about endocarditis, infection of the heart valve, with history of mssa bacteremia. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

What is the life expectancy for someone with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Often, normal: The spectrum is vast. If diagnosis is based purely on genetic test (i.e. Screening), many people with the gene never develop any cardiac abnormality. If hypertrophy is present, one needs assessment by a cardiologist to determine future risk of serious rhythm problems, based on several measurable variables. It's common for people with this disorder to have completely normal lifespan. ...Read more

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What are the activities allowed with valvular heart disease.?

What are the activities allowed with valvular heart disease.?

Complicated: This depends on the valve involved, the cause of the diseased valve and the degree to which it affects function. Damaged valves also creates the risk of secondary valve infection (infective endocarditis), which can be life-threatening, need long courses of antibiotics or require valve replacement. Restrictions depend on disease severity. This should be discussed with cardiologist. ...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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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 of homo sapiens existence. Who first recognized that dilated hearts with congestive failure existed is relatively impossible to pinpoint. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed w/ bicuspid aortic valve w/ mild regurgitation. but also ascending aorta "mildly dilated at 3.8cm".What is this? Surgery soon?

Bicuspid aortic valve: Your structural abnormality may well lead to a need for intervention sometime in the coming decades. Ask for guidance regarding hygienic measures you could take now to avoid illness. Remember you have had this for 30 years. ...Read more

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With 2 previous heart valve replacements and a heart working at 55% what is the rate of survival? Was born w aortic stenosis

With 2 previous heart valve replacements and a heart working at 55% what is the rate of survival? Was born w aortic stenosis

Unknown: There is no real answer to this, impossible to predict. It is a really important question. I empower you to have open discussions with your mds. Better question how long will my valve last? What is the risk of my next operation? ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone born with congenital heart disease?

What is the life expectancy of someone born with congenital heart disease?

Depends: Congenital heart disease can be very minor not warranting therapy or very severe and complex requiring multiple surgeries and procedures. Life expectancy will depend on which type of defect you have. Consult your pediatric cardiologist. ...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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Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Abnormality of the heart muscle which can cause heart failure or potentially lethal ...Read more