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Can you describe the pathophysiology of dilated cardiomyopathy?
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: See below
In lay terms - heart muscle getting weak by various toxins (drugs, alcohol); infection; other toxins and hormones (peri-partum).
Then the muscle can't pump and the heart chambers get dilated by all the blood that cannot move forward.

In brief: See below
In lay terms - heart muscle getting weak by various toxins (drugs, alcohol); infection; other toxins and hormones (peri-partum).
Then the muscle can't pump and the heart chambers get dilated by all the blood that cannot move forward.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Dr. Rada Ivanov
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Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Complex
The question is complex and the source for many papers and studies.
An inciting agent causes the heart to become weak. Usually a virus or long standing poorly controlled hypertension. Either way and regardless of the source, if the heart is an inefficient pump, volume will back up in to the lungs and is called chf. This causes shortness of breathe and swelling.

In brief: Complex
The question is complex and the source for many papers and studies.
An inciting agent causes the heart to become weak. Usually a virus or long standing poorly controlled hypertension. Either way and regardless of the source, if the heart is an inefficient pump, volume will back up in to the lungs and is called chf. This causes shortness of breathe and swelling.
Dr. Mark Rasak
Dr. Mark Rasak
Thank
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