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What is the prognosis for people with restrictive cardiomyopathy?

What is the prognosis for people with restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Typically not good: There are several causes of restrictive cardiomyopathy, so the prognosis is variable, but is typically limited due to progression of heart failure and potential for heart rhythm problems. Depending on the cause, there are certain medications and other therapies available. Some people may be able to pursue heart transplantation, depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


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What is the common cause of restrictive cardiomyopathy?

What is the common cause of restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Amyloid: By far the most common cause is deposition of amyloid protein in the heart. Restrictive physiology is the end-stage result of most other types of heart failure as well, but we don't call that a restrictive cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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What can be done for restrictive cardiomyopathy disease?

What can be done for  restrictive cardiomyopathy disease?

No easy answer: Adults with restrictive cardiomyopathy have a prolonged course of heart failure, with fatigue, shortness of breath, and worsening activity tolerance. Patients ultimately die of heart failure unless they become candidates for a heart transplant. Blood clots in the heart can be another cause of complications and death in these patients. ...Read more

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What drugs are used to treat restrictive cardiomyopathy, what are their dosages and how often are they taken?

Difficult: Restrictive cardiomyopathy can be very challenging to treat. The main avenues for treatment are diuretics to keep excess fluid off the body and blood pressure control of which there are many different choices. I would recommend finding a good heart failure cardiologist to work with. ...Read more

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Is restrictive cardiomyopathy an inherited disorder?

Is restrictive cardiomyopathy an inherited disorder?

Maybe: Depends on the cause. Some types of amyloid are genetic as well as predisposition to diseases such as sarcoid, scleroderma. ...Read more

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I need a straight answer. What is restrictive cardiomyopathy?

I need a straight answer. What is restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Poor heart function: Stiffness of heart muscle from various causes most common being amyloidosis. This impairs filling of blood into the lower chamber of the heart. As a result the amount of blood leaving the heart is much lower causing fatigue and failure to thrive. Also there is build up of back pressure causing water logging of lungs, liver, abdomen and limbs causing shortness of breath, nausea, poor appetite. ...Read more

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Is restrictive cardiomyopathy a hereditary disorder?

Cardiomyopathy: Not likely. It mostly affects older adults. Some causes are connective tissue diseases, sarcoidosis, amyloidosis, hemochromatosis, some cancer treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy. The hypertrophic type of cardiomyopathy is usually inherited. ...Read more

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


Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Restrictive Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a group of conditions where the heart muscles are stiff and are unable to ...Read more