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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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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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Please help! what is the difference between dilated cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Please help! what is the difference between dilated cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Different causes: The term dilated cardiomyopathy refers to enlargement of the heart, not uncommonly all four chambers . This may or may not be associated with changes in function . Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy ("hocm ") refers to an abnormal thickening of the left ventricle. ...Read more

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What is the difference between idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure ? Both terms have been used these past 9 years

Disease vs. result: Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes weak without obvious cause. Some cases are genetic some may have been triggered by a virus. Congestive heart failure, is the result of the weak heart's inability to circulate the blood adequately. This may result in symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath and signs such as chest congestion and swelling. ...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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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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Is it possible to reverse dilated cardiomyopathy?

Dilated cardiomyopat: Sometimes is the best answer. It depends on the cause of the cardiomyopathy. The treatment involves a diuretic, ace inhibitor and beta blocker. Patients are followed wit echocardiograms to evaluate the heart function. ...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 are the causes of dilated cardiomyopathy?

What are the causes of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Multiple possible: Some cases have no obvious cause. Others may be genetic, viral, uncontrolled hypertension, heart attacks, valve disease, alcohol excess, morbid obesity, or sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Shen
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Dilated Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition where the chambers of the heart are enlarged and weakened, making it so that they cannot ...Read more