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My father and grandfather died of cardiomyopathy. Will i?

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Dr. David Malpass
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: Possibly

Having 2 affected family members is suspicious for familial cardiomyopathy.
To be certain, it is necessary to determine the cause of the cardiomyopathy in your father and gf. The risk is greater if they had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In cases of dilated cardiomyopathy of unknown cause, 30-40% are familial.

In brief: Possibly

Having 2 affected family members is suspicious for familial cardiomyopathy.
To be certain, it is necessary to determine the cause of the cardiomyopathy in your father and gf. The risk is greater if they had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In cases of dilated cardiomyopathy of unknown cause, 30-40% are familial.
Dr. David Malpass
Dr. David Malpass
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: Get the exact dx

There are hundreds of different causes of cardiomyopathy.
Try to find out whether it was restrictive (seldom hereditary), hypertrophic (very hereditary but treatable), or dilated (many many causes, some hereditary, some not). One hereditary form response magnificently to coenzyme q treatment, it fails for all others. This is the only way to answer your question.

In brief: Get the exact dx

There are hundreds of different causes of cardiomyopathy.
Try to find out whether it was restrictive (seldom hereditary), hypertrophic (very hereditary but treatable), or dilated (many many causes, some hereditary, some not). One hereditary form response magnificently to coenzyme q treatment, it fails for all others. This is the only way to answer your question.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
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In brief: Dying Process

There are many causes of cardiomyopathy; some of these have a genetic basis.
However, the majority of cardiomyopathies are not genetic but environmental (due to improper diet, bloocked arteries, etc.). In order to understand your risk better, obtain the records from your father's cardiologist and discuss with your primary doctor and or cardiologist. They may want to do testing to ease your concern.

In brief: Dying Process

There are many causes of cardiomyopathy; some of these have a genetic basis.
However, the majority of cardiomyopathies are not genetic but environmental (due to improper diet, bloocked arteries, etc.). In order to understand your risk better, obtain the records from your father's cardiologist and discuss with your primary doctor and or cardiologist. They may want to do testing to ease your concern.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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