Cardiomyopathy (Dilated) (cont.)
In this Article
- What Is dilated cardiomyopathy?
- What are the symptoms of Dilated Cardiomyopathy?
- What causes Dilated Cardiomyopathy?
- How is Dilated Cardiomyopathy diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for Dilated Cardiomyopathy?
- What surgeries are used to treat Dilated Cardiomyopathy?
- Find a local Cardiologist in your town
What Are the Symptoms of DCM?
Many people with dilated cardiomyopathy have no symptoms or only minor symptoms, and live a normal life. Other people develop symptoms, which may progress and worsen as heart function worsens.
Symptoms of DCM can occur at any age and may include:
- Heart failure symptoms (shortness of breath and fatigue).
- Swelling of the lower extremities.
- Fatigue (feeling overly tired).
- Weight gain.
- Fainting (caused by conditions such as irregular heart rhythms, abnormal responses of the blood vessels during exercise, or no cause may be found).
- Palpitations (fluttering in the chest due to abnormal heart rhythms).
- Dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Blood clots can form in the dilated left ventricle as a result of pooling of the blood. If a blood clot breaks off, it can lodge in an artery and disrupt blood flow to the brain, causing stroke. A clot can also block blood flow to the organs in the abdomen or legs.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Sudden death.
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