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Does any of these factors like stress, anxiety, tension, depression or smoking can cause 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

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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


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What are the causes of viral cardiomyopathy?

What are the causes of viral cardiomyopathy?

Almost any: Almost any virus can cause a virial cardiomyopathy but the most common are enteroviruses, coxsackievirus a and b, echovirus, influenza, polio, adenovirus , mumps rubella , and hiv. ...Read more

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What sort of virus causes viral cardiomyopathy?

What sort of virus causes viral cardiomyopathy?

A number: Can. During the winter months, influenza can do it. In the summer months, enteroviruses such as coxsackie can. ...Read more

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How does someone get viral cardiomyopathy?

How does someone get viral cardiomyopathy?

Many viruses can...: Infect both the heart, your respiratory tract, or your GI system. Many patients who develop myocarditis from a virus have a fever or cold symptoms before their heart becomes involved, which they caught from a close contact. It is unpredictable who will develop myocarditis or cardiomyopathy from a virus, and fortunately this is rare. ...Read more

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Is viral cardiomyopathy deadly?

Is viral cardiomyopathy deadly?

Sometimes: Cardiomyopathy varies greatly in severity. If the heart muscle is extremely weakened, then the cardiomyopathy could be deadly. But in many cases, the cardiomyopathy is mild and should be well tolerated. So it really depends on how severe the problem is. ...Read more

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Can a teenager have viral cardiomyopathy?

Yes: A viral cardiomyopathy can strike at any age. Including the unborn fetus. It is uncommon in childhood, yet in 3 decades I have known of at least 2 in my area. ...Read more

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Can you get viral cardiomyopathy from semen?

Virus : If viral infection is contracted from semen, such as hiv, it is possible to develop cardiomyopathy. However, the typical viral cardiomyopathies are not sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a teenager to have viral cardiomyopathy?

Is it possible for a teenager to have viral cardiomyopathy?

Yes: It is not always possible to determine the cause of new onset cardiomyopathy in a teenager, but many are due to viral infections. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for viral cardiomyopathy?

Supportive care: The goal is supportive till the virus resolves. 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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Randy travis got viral cardiomyopathy and after a stroke how serious is it ? Is he going to make it ?

Randy travis got viral cardiomyopathy and after a stroke how serious is it ? Is he going to make it ?

Critical condition: News is being updated regarding mr. Travis' situation as it develops: http://media.Baylorhealth.Com/ we on healthtap have no other knowledge about what will happen next. I wish him recovery and health. ...Read more

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What are the differences between dilated cardiomyopathy and viral cardiomyopathy?

What are the differences between dilated cardiomyopathy and viral cardiomyopathy?

Cause and effect: Viral cardiomyopathies are one cause of dilated cardiomyopathies. Other causes of dilated cardiomyopathies include: inherited, metabolic, nutritional, valvular. ...Read more

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Found out I have viral cardiomyopathy/ myocarditis. What can I expect moving forward?

Found out I have viral cardiomyopathy/ myocarditis. What can I expect moving forward?

It varies...: The long-term effects of myocarditis are highly variable. Many people recover heart function without long-term negative health effects and without a return of symptoms. In a minority of cases, heart function may not improve after myocarditis, and the individual can require long-term medical therapy and sometimes heart transplantation. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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What is the treatment for viral cardiomyopathy?

What is the treatment for   viral cardiomyopathy?

No spec treatment: Difficult to treat as is often found after the primary insult. What is treated is the heart failure itself. This is treated with medications that improve hemodynamics, heart rate, volume status and so on. ...Read more

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What happens if a pregnant woman has viral cardiomyopathy?

What happens if a pregnant woman has viral cardiomyopathy?

It depends: Viral cardiomyopathy, any cardiomyopathy, in a pregnant woman is dangerous not only for her but her unborn child. The maternal heart is called upon to increase output 30-50% over the course of pregnancy to serve both the mother and the baby. Weakening that heart by whatever means jeopardizes that ability, putting both at risk. She should be in the care of an experienced specialist. ...Read more

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Can someone transmit viral cardiomyapathy?

Not likely: All of the viruses that cause viral myocarditis are transmittable, and most of them are transmitted by direct contact. However, just because a virus causes myocarditis in one person, does not mean that it will cause myocarditis in another person, even in the same household. The causation of cardiac compromise related to viral infection is complex and probably depends of several factors. ...Read more

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