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Who Discovered Cardiomyopathy
Dilated cardiomyopat: Answering this question is difficult. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a general term. The general condition has likely been present through much if not all of homo sapiens existence. Who first recognized that dilated hearts with congestive failure existed is relatively impossible to pinpoint.
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Hypertrophic or...: Hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy can both result with hypertrophy generally occurring first.
Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is a generic term for abnormal heart muscle. It can be caused by infections, poisons, genetics, and physiologic causes. There are both weak heart and 'strong heart' cardiomyopathies. The cause of someone's cardiomyopathy requires more information than the term cardiomyopathy.See 2 more doctor answers
Depends: It depends on the cause. If due to alcohol, abstention often cures it. If due to pregnancy, about 50% return to normal. Due to chemotherapy, it rarely improves. Due to viral illness, many get better. If inherited, it won't get better. All of the above aside, there are medications and sometimes devices that can be very helpful for everyone.
Yes, depends on the: Yes it can get better, it depends on the cause. If its due to drinking too much alcohol then stopping alcohol will improve it plus with the help of certain medications such as ace inhibitors or arb, s & certain beta blockers such as carvedilol.If its due to blockage of coronary arteries then revascularization either with a stent or bypass surgery would help.See 1 more doctor answer
Let discuss this: Cardiomyopathy means damaged heart muscle of any type. This damage indicates the heart is not working effectively as a pump., the most common causes of cardiomyopathy are "ischemic", due to heart attacks or "viral", due to damage done to the heart muscle from a severe viral attack. Like all viral infections this is contracted from other people but they cause disease only in susceptible people.See 1 more doctor answer
Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is weakened heart muscle contraction. Most common cause is prior heart attacks. However, there are many other potential causes: alcohol (or cocaine) abuse, viral infection (especially coxsackie virus), genetic mutations in certain cardiac structural proteins, uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, hiv, and toxins such as certain chemotherapy agents are some of these.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Some cardiomyopathies can be treated or rarely "cured" but most cannot. Dilated is the most common. Some curable forms include nutritional, lbbb, tachycardia induced, sarcoid. Most can be treated with medication to stabilize the damage. Some cardiomyopathies will spontaneously improve. Others will progress. Restrictive and hypertrophic can also be managed. 400 characters is too short to answer.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: First is confirming the diagnosis, then sorting out the many causes (looking for reversible ones). Symptoms can be controlled with diuretics, but the physiology needs management with ace inhibitors or arbs, and beta-blockers. Spironolactone if severe. Associated arrhythmias require attention. Some cardiomyopathies may resolve over time. Others may require mechanical support or transplant.See 1 more doctor answer