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What's dilated cardiomyopathy?

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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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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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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Could dilated cardiomyopathy called apical cardiomyopathy?

Different: Typically, when the modifier "apical" is added to cardiomyopathy, it refers to a type of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Generally, dilated cardiomopathy is thought of as a distinct and separate class of diseases from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. ...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

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Please explain compensated heart failure/ dilated cardiomyopathy.

Complex: One or more chambers of the heart becomes dilated (frequently from uncontrolled blood pressure, mi, or bad valves). The heart gradually becomes insufficient as a pump, usually because one side gets behind in it's work, then pressure rises within the heart, lungs, or peripheral circulation. Medication to improve the pump and/or reduce the volume to be pumped can compensate for the deficiency. ...Read more

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What is postpartum cardiomyopathy?

Weak heart post preg: Weak heart muscle after pregnancy, cause unknown. ...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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How dangerous is dilated cardiomyopathy?

How dangerous is dilated cardiomyopathy?

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

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What causes death in dilated cardiomyopathy?

What causes death in dilated cardiomyopathy?

Heart failure: Many people do quite well for years with cardiomyopathy; it depends why you have it, how well you tolerate the drugs for tx, how healthy your kidneys are, how prone you are to infection.... Your cardiologist should tell you why you have it, an what is being done. ...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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35 weeks pregnant. 1cm dilated 30% effaced. Can sneezing cause further dilation? Scared of delivering preterm. :(

35 weeks pregnant. 1cm dilated 30% effaced. Can sneezing cause further dilation? Scared of delivering preterm. :(

No: 1 cm. dilated and 30% effaced is perfectly normal at 35 wk. gestation and sneezing will not cause dilatation or labor. Fortunately for those with seasonal allergies, sneezing is not a cause for preterm births. :) Your concern tells me how lucky this baby is to have you for a mom. Hope this helps and best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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Does dilated cardiomyopathy = heart transplant?

Does dilated cardiomyopathy = heart transplant?

No: Depending on the cause, medical treatment with beta blockers, an ace inhibitor or acecreceptor blocker can reverse the process. However, some patients are beyon medical therapy and need a transplant. ...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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Cor pulmonale or dilated cardiomyopathy, what's the difference?

Cor pulmonale: Cor pulmonale is right heart failure due to pulmonary(lung)disease. Generically we can say its right heart failure. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition of generalized heart dilation usually resulting in heart failure. Right heart failure often exists in dilated cardiomyopathy because of failure of the right ventricle. ...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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Would dilated cardiomyopathy shown signs on ecg?

Abnormalnot specific: There are no ECG features unique to dcm, although the ECG is usually abnormal.Most common ECG abnormalities are associated with atrial and ventricular hypertrophy — typically, left sided changes are seen but there may be signs of biatrial or biventricular hypertrophy.Interventricular conduction delays occur due to cardiac dilatation. Voltage can be reduced by lot of fibrosis. ...Read more

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Can dilated cardiomyopathy be treated?

Can dilated cardiomyopathy be treated?

Yes: Any potential causes should be addressed. There are several medications that, in combination, may greatly improve symptoms and slow progression of disease. Lifestyle modifications are appropriate such as tobacco and alcohol abstinence, weight management. In severe cases, there are several surgical options from special pacemakers and defibrillators to heart assist devices to transplantation. ...Read more

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

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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Recently Gave Birth (Definition)

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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

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