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What Are The Causes Of Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Does any of these factors like stress, anxiety, tension, depression or smoking can cause dilated cardiomyopathy ?
Dilated Heart: No. The causes of dilated cardiomyopathy include damage to the heart from a heart attack due to atherosclerotic cardiac disease which affects the heart muscle or vessels to the heart. Other causes include certain infections and drugs such as Cocaine and alcohol. Certain medications can also cause this condition. Anxiety or stress do not cause this. ...Read more
Many causes: Although in many cases the cause isn't apparent, dilated cardiomyopathy is likely the result of damage to the myocardium by variety of infectious, metabolic and toxic agents. Toxic causes include - chronic long-term alcohol abuse; chemotherapy (a poison taken to kill cancer cells) with doxorubicin in particular; and more rare exposures to heavy metals, cobalt, organic solvents and mercury. ...Read more
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
If you have dilated cardiomyopathy caused by prolonged arrhythmia, would it go away when treated properly? Or is damaged- damaged and won't go away?
Yes: frequent cardiac irregularity such as ventricular premature beats including those considered benign like outflow track PVCs can cause a cardiomyopathy which can be reversible by catheter ablation. This is a possibility when an underlying structural heart disease is ruled out. A cardiologist can help sort this out ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can be related: Yes, this has been known to happen with tricyclic antidepressants -- but also with fluvoxamine, an ssri thought to have less effect on myocardial function than tricyclics have. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2829699/ it is not common with ssri's, but bears watch and reporting. ...Read more
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