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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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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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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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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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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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Can you explain dilated cardiomyopathy?

Not Clear...: Dilated cardiomyopathy, as far as we understand, comes in four broad categories... Genetic, infectious, ischemic, toxic. The term dilated cardiomyopathy describes how the heart looks and squeezes... Dilated, stretched out... Ie a balloon that has been over inflated for weeks, when the air is let out it is much larger than it's original size and doesn't have the same elastic properties. ...Read more

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Can a teenager have viral cardiomyopathy?

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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How can you treat dilated cardiomyopathy?

How can you treat dilated cardiomyopathy?

Depends: Depends on how severe it is. Milder forms can be controlled with medications, which is the majority of patients, and a relatively 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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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