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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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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Restrictive cardiomyopathy is caused by several different abnormalities, usually an infiltration of an abnormal chemical, such as iron in hemochromatosis, amyloid in amyloidosis, or sarcoidosis. Restrictive cardiomyopathy can also be caused by an abnormal thickening and stiffening of the pericardium which is the lining around the heart, the treatment of which is removing the pericardium. ...Read more
Very few: Assuming that you're talking about restrictive instead of constrictive pericarditis, the problem is usually deposition of material into the heart itself. Since this material cannot usually be removed, the treatment is often aimed at the symptoms unless the heart itself is replaced with transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different cause: Symptoms may be similar but treatment is very different. The pericardium can be opened or removed to relieve constriction but restrictive cardiomyopathy does not lend itself to a quick surgical treatment. A number of medications may ameliorate the symptoms but it is important to identify and treat the cause. ...Read more
Cath: A cath is the most accurate way to make diagnosis. ...Read more
Several: Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the sac around the heart (the pericardium) becomes scarred and shrinks, which does not allow the heart to fill fully. Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a condition where the pericardium is normal, but the heart muscle itself is diseased in a way that does not allow the muscle to relax and the ventricle to fill. The treatment for each is different. ...Read more
Intrinsic/extrinsic: Restrictive cardiomyopathy involves the heart itself becoming stiff and not filling properly which eventually can cause heart failure and need a transplant to treat. Constrictive pericarditis affects the sac around the heart entrapping the heart and causing similar symptoms but may be treated if needed by removing the sac from around the heart by surgery ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Similar but differen: Constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy both result in diastolic abnomlities of ventricular filling. CP can be thought of as a heart encased in a porcelain shell. In CP the ventricles fill up until the limits of the calcified pericardium (early filling) and then fill no more. In rc the heart is abnormal. Filling throughout diastole is slowed but possible. Doppler can help. ...Read more
How can I increase my ejection fraction rate and I have an aicd with idiopathic restrictive cardiomyopathy?
Confused: Restrictive cardiomyopathy is not associated with a low ef. Perhaps you meant "idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy"? Ef can be improved by using a combination of beta blockers (especially coreg), vasodilators (especially ace-inhibitors) and using a resynchronization icd if appropriate in your case. Avoiding alcohol is also mandatory. ...Read more