What kind of condition is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Weak heart. This literally means 'weak heart muscle'. The most common cause is heart attack(s). When the heart muscle is damaged it becomes weak and the heart can dilate (become bigger). There are several other causes which can happen at any age. For example some viruses can attack the heart and weaken it and alcoholism is another known cause.
Enlarged weak heart. It is a condition in which the heart muscle, primarily the main pumping chamber (left ventricle) becomes weakened and enlarged, and it cannot pump blood efficiently. It may affect people of all ages, including infants and children often, the cause can't be determined; this is called idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Known causes include viruses, alcohol, genetics, chemotherapy.

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Does a dilated cardiomyopathy disappears when Wilson's disease is treated?

Error. To the best of my knowledge (and I just did check in 2 textbooks), Wilson's Disease which, untreated, can cause lethal liver failure, does not cause a cardiomyopathy. I certainly have never seen a case in 40 years as a physician. If you have a cardiomyopathy and Wilson's Disease, I would have to suspect that they're unrelated problems. Please correct me if you know this to be untrue. Read more...
Wilson's disease. Cardiomyopathy is a rare but well documented complication of Wilson's disease which is is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which copper accumulates in tissues. Whether the cardiomyopathy is reversible is questionable and depends on too many other factors to be definitive for any given individual. Read more...

What is dilated cardiomyopathy and what echocardiographic features may suggest this disease? Thanks

Big subject. I'm not a cardiologist, but here is some info for you on the subject. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dilated-cardiomyopathy/basics/definition/con-20032887. Read more...

What type of doctor would treat dilated cardiomyopathy?

Cardiologist. A cardiologist is a heart doctor and not a heart surgeon. Read more...
Cardiologist. Make sure you find one who specializes in the treatment of heart failure; usually at an academic center, and if it is really severe, someone affiliated with a transplant center. Read more...

Do you think it's possible for Ehlers danlos syndrome type 3 to weaken tissues like the heart and be more suceptible to dilated cardiomyopathy etc?

Ehrlurs Danlos. type 3- is more common and that is hypermobility syndrome has less chance of cardiac involvement like that seen in type4 ED where there is problems with the wall of the arteries including aorta and cerebral vesseles cardiac dialatation is less commonly seen I hope this helps. Read more...

My ef is 25%, what does this mean? Can you tell me what do you mean by dilated cardiomyopathy due to rheumatic valvular heart disease? Thanks.

Cardiology. Ejection fraction is the percentage of blood in the left ventricle that is removed with each contraction. 65% is considered normal. 25 is a low number and implies a weakness of the left ventricle that is usually referred to as a cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy is when the wall thins out and the ventricle gets large like a thin ballon. It can be caused by many conditions. Read more...
Abnormal. Due to the valve disorder, the heart has overworked, strained and dilated-thickened and expanded. The normal ef is 55-65%, so 25% is damaged but livable if the cause is correctable. Read more...