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What are the differences between dilated cardiomyopathy and viral cardiomyopathy?
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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Cause and effect
Viral cardiomyopathies are one cause of dilated cardiomyopathies.
Other causes of dilated cardiomyopathies include: inherited, metabolic, nutritional, valvular.

In brief: Cause and effect
Viral cardiomyopathies are one cause of dilated cardiomyopathies.
Other causes of dilated cardiomyopathies include: inherited, metabolic, nutritional, valvular.
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Dr. Samuel Hahn
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Dr. Fernando Torres
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: The heart
Paige, this is really all semantics and doctor talk.
Viruses can cause damage to your heart: cardiomyopathy. When the damage causes your heart to enlarge, then it is called dilated cardiomyopathy. So, viral cardiomyopathy, is a more specific term for a cardiomyopathy. I hope that you get better. Many times, a viral cardiomyopathy gets better with time...

In brief: The heart
Paige, this is really all semantics and doctor talk.
Viruses can cause damage to your heart: cardiomyopathy. When the damage causes your heart to enlarge, then it is called dilated cardiomyopathy. So, viral cardiomyopathy, is a more specific term for a cardiomyopathy. I hope that you get better. Many times, a viral cardiomyopathy gets better with time...
Dr. Fernando Torres
Dr. Fernando Torres
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: See below
Viral cardiomyopathy is one of the kinds of dilated cardiomyopathies.
They may also be caused by other reasons, such as childbirth, drugs, alcohol etc.

In brief: See below
Viral cardiomyopathy is one of the kinds of dilated cardiomyopathies.
They may also be caused by other reasons, such as childbirth, drugs, alcohol etc.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Dr. Rada Ivanov
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