What’s the Prognosis of Dilated Cardiomyopathy?

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What’s the prognosis of dilated cardiomyopathy?

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In dilated cardiomyopathy, the heart enlarges and it slowly decreases its efficiency in pumping blood and the volume of blood it is able to pump. The heart is impossible to provide enough blood for other organs, so some patients have difficulty in exercising and even can’t perform simple physical activities. But with regular medical check-ups and proper treatment, the condition can remain pretty stable for years.

However, there is no sign of the disease at early stage, so it often has reached an advanced stage by the time it is diagnosed. And often heart failure has occurred. Once heart failure is diagnosed, around 50% of people with dilated cardiomyopathy can live 5 years, and about 25% of patients may live 10 years.

The result of dilated cardiomyopathy may be a sudden death due to irregular heartbeats. Or the patient may die from a continued decline in heart muscle strength.

 

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