What Does Congestive Cardiomyopathy Mean?


What is congestive cardiomyopathy?


Cardiomyopathy is a progressive disease that damages the walls of the heart muscle. Congestive cardiomyopathy, which is also called dilated cardiomyopathy, is the most prevalent type of cardiomyopathy. If a person is affected by the disease, the walls of his heart chambers, especially of the ventricle, dilate to hold a greater volume of blood than usual. Congestive heart failure is a possible result of the disease.

Risk factors are very clear in congestive cardiomyopathy. They include coronary artery disease, infections, noninfectious inflammatory conditions, alcohol, certain drugs or toxins, hypertension, nutritional and metabolic disorders, and pregnancy. Before tailoring a treatment plan, the doctor should find out the cause among the above causes.

The survival rate for people with congestive cardiomyopathy depends on its severity and patients’ health condition. Generally speaking, the prognosis is not good. Five-year survival rate is about 50%. About 25% patients can live for 10 years after the diagnosis.


Keywords: congestive cardiomyopathy; dilated congestive cardiomyopathy



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