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My father and grandfather died of cardiomyopathy. Will i?

My father and grandfather died of cardiomyopathy. Will i?

Possibly: Having 2 affected family members is suspicious for familial cardiomyopathy. To be certain, it is necessary to determine the cause of the cardiomyopathy in your father and gf. The risk is greater if they had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In cases of dilated cardiomyopathy of unknown cause, 30-40% are familial. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Cardiomyopathy is 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 it throughout the body. A common symptom is chest pain, although mild cases ...Read more


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My father died of complication with cardiomyopathy, will get this disease too?

My father died of complication with cardiomyopathy, will get this disease too?

It depends: Cardiomyopathy has many many causes and as such, some are genetic, and some are not. Check with your doctor and consider having an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) if you have symptoms. ...Read more

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My father and his father both died of cardiomyopathy, so should I have testing to see if I have it?

My father and his father both died of cardiomyopathy, so should I have testing to see if I have it?

Absolutely: Many types of cardiomyopathy are inherited. It is very likely that may be the case in your family where two generations are affected. You should know your complete family history and have a thorough evaluation by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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If my grandfather on my fathers side died of true pancreatic cancer, what are odds of me having it? I am sick & been tested for numerous things..

If my grandfather on my fathers side died of true pancreatic cancer, what are odds of me having it? I am sick & been tested for numerous things..

I can't tell you: Pancreatic cancer has a number of risk factors. Age, obesity, aloholism, poor diet, diabetes, as well as family history contribute to your risk. There are also some heriditary syndromes which increase the risk. While age, genes, and family history are out of your control, the others can be managed. Eat right, exercise, and avoid smoking . This can lower your risk http://www.Cancer.Org/canc. ...Read more

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My father was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. What resources can I find to get more information?

My father was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.  What resources can I find to get more information?

Cardiomyopathy: Start first with a good and detailed explanation from a cardiologist who then should be able to direct you to reliable resources. Beware of internet sources unless they are from reputable organizations such as the american heart association or the american college of cardiology. These are only two suggestions. ...Read more

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If my father had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, how likely will it be that my son has it too?

25%: Generally, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. In other words, an affected individual has a 50% chance of passing the abnormal gene to each of their children. I assume you do not know your status regarding hcm. The math is that you had a 0.5 likelihood of inheriting an abnormal gene, and your son, if you are affected, has a 0.5 likelihood. .5x.5=.25=25%. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get huntington’s disease even if neither parent had it? At least, neither of my parents showed symptoms, but they both died before age 50. My doctor wants me to get tested based on my symptoms and the fact that i remember my grandfather

Is it possible to get huntington’s disease even if neither parent had it? At least, neither of my parents showed symptoms, but they both died before age 50. My doctor wants me to get tested based on my symptoms and the fact that i remember my grandfather

Doctors : Doctors who recommend genetic tests, such as a test for huntington's disease, should not do so without providing thorough counseling, including providing information and answering all questions about the reason for ordering the test, the reliability of the test, and the consequences of both positive and negative test results. If they are unable to provide this counseling, they should arrange for referral to a geneticist. Huntington's disease is a complicated neurodegenerative disorder that can cause involuntary writhing, dance-like movements of the limbs, other abnormal movements, personality changes and psychiatric symptoms, heart disease and other problems. It is an uncommon condition (about 5-10 cases per 100000 people). Huntington's disease is caused by a mutation in the huntingtin gene. Inside this gene is a stretch of dna that consists of repeating sequences the genetic code letters, or nucelotides, c, a, and g. These three nucleotides can be repeated (cagcagcag...) dozens of times. The number of "trinucleotide repeats" seems to determine if and when the disease will make itself known. People with less than 28 repeats are normal. People with 28 to 35 repeats are "intermediate". People with 35 to 40 repeats may or may not develop huntington's disease. People with more than 40 repeats will be affected, and the higher the number of repeats, the earlier the disease starts. Trinucleotide repeat diseases like huntington's disease (there are others), are characterized by a property called "anticipation." anticipation means that children of people with huntington's often develop the disease at an earlier age than their parents did. This was first noticed even before anything was known about trinucleotide repeats. After the repeats were discovered, it was found that children had more repeats than their parents. The number of repeats tends to increase more if the father carried the abnormal gene. So, unfortunately, it is possible for a child of parents who never showed any signs of huntington's disease to develop the disease. This is particularly true if the parents died at an early age, before signs of the disease might be noticed. ...Read more

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My father is a heart patient with dilated cardiomyopathy. Is it safe to use amifru?

My father is a heart patient with dilated cardiomyopathy. Is it safe to use amifru?

Yep. : Amifru is a combination of two medications that cause one to move fluid out by urinating, keeping it from backing up in the lungs. ...Read more

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Great grandpa died from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at only 32. Should i be tested?

Cardiologist: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can run in families. I recommend talking to your internist or family practice doctor about whether testing would make sense in your case. ...Read more