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 Dr. George Jacob
Heart Infocenter

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Cardiomyopathy

Dilated Congestive Cardiomyopathy

Symptoms of Dilated Congestive Cardiomyopathy

  • Shortness of breath on exertion

  • Getting easily tired (fatigue)

When cardiomyopathy results from an infection:

  • A sudden fever

  • Flu-like symptoms.

  • Increased heart rate speeds

  • Normal or low blood pressure

  • Fluid retention in the legs and abdomen

  • Lungs get filled up with fluid

The enlargement of the heart causes the heart valves to open and close improperly. The valves leading to the ventricles (the mitral valve and the tricuspid valve) often leak. Improper valve closure causes murmurs
Damage to and stretching of the heart muscle may make the heart rhythm abnormally fast or slow. 
The above abnormalities interfere further with the heart's pumping action.

Diagnosis of Dilated Congestive Cardiomyopathy

The diagnosis is based on the symptoms and a physical examination. The following tests may be used to supplement the diagnosis:

Electrocardiography may show characteristic changes.

Echo- cardiography

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to confirm the diagnosis.

If the diagnosis still remains in doubt, a catheter is used for more precise evaluation. It may be used to confirm the diagnosis and to detect the cause.

Caution: Cardiomyopathy is a life-threatening condition. If you suspect you or someone you know is suffering from cardiomyopathy, seek medical assistance immediately.

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