Anything about Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy?

Q:
Anything about idiopathic cardiomyopathy?

A:
Idiopathic cardiomyopathy, also known as idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), is a heart disease that causes the heart chambers to enlarge and decreases muscle contractions.

Idiopathic cardiomyopathy usually begins in the left ventricle, the ventricle enlarges and loses the ability of contracting efficiently. Decreased muscle contraction reduces the amount of blood that the heart pumps to the body.

A variety of causes can trigger idiopathic cardiomyopathy, which include genetics, alcohol and drug use, cancer medications, obesity, diabetes, arrhythmias, high blood pressure, viruses, etc.

People with idiopathic cardiomyopathy may present symptoms like chest pain, swollen abdomen, swollen legs and ankles, heart murmurs, shortness of breath, lethargy, inability to exercise, etc.

Medications of lowering blood pressure, reducing arrhythmia, preventing blood clots and slowing heart rate may be used to treat idiopathic cardiomyopathy. Open heart surgery may also be performed to correct deformities in the heart muscle.

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