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Cardiomyopathy is a heart condition where the heart muscles become enlarged, thick, or rigid, making it hard for the heart to pump blood. The main types include dilated, hypertrophic, and restrictive cardiomyopathy. Breathlessness, swelling of ankles, abdominal bloating, fatigue, and rapid heartbeats are some of the common symptoms.

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Can echo and ECG find out restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Query: Hello doctor, Can an echocardiogram and ECG diagnose restrictive cardiomyopathy because I have had like three of them but I am still confused? All I have is just some premature ventricular contractions.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, usually echo is sufficient to diagnose restrictive cardiomyopathy if findings are clear cut and the observer is sufficiently confident in the findings. So, your echo report must have mentioned all those findings. ECG is nonspecific, it may just point towards...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for peripartum cardiomyopathy?

Query: Hi doctor, My sister was diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy during her pregnancy. Her age is 31 years and weight is 121 pounds. She delivered a baby girl through normal delivery. 2D echo report says 20% to 25% heart function (LVF). But she is not having any external symptoms like swelling, bre...  Read Full »

Dr. Sukhvinder Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Before I answer your questions in detail, I would like to tell you that if she is totally symptom-free and her ejection fraction (EF) is 20 to 25%, please do get another echo (echocardiogram) done from an independent reliable source to confirm the diagnosis. The conditi...  Read Full »

How to get cured from peripartum cardiomyopathy?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is suffering from peripartum cardiomyopathy for the past six months. She is taking beta blockers and diuretic medicine for the past four months. Her heart EF is 38 % with flat T in ECG reports. Her heart function is normal. How many days does it take to get cured?  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a condition with an unknown cause. It follows after delivery for a few days to few weeks and manifests with the symptoms of heart failure. Beta blockers and diuretics are suitable. But the condition is not completely curable. The symptoms ca...  Read Full »

I was diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy after cesarean delivery. How do I overcome this?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been diagnosed of having peripartum cardiomyopathy after delivery through cesarean section. I want to know how I can deduce the improvement of my condition. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajiv Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What is peripartum cardiomyopathy? Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare type of heart failure. It occurs during pregnancy or immediately after delivery. The condition weakens the heart muscle and causes the heart to become enlarged. As a result, the heart cannot pump blo...  Read Full »

I suffer from cardiac problems. Please help

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female who has celiac disease and was recently diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a left bundle branch block (starts I believe when my pulse gets above 80). I had atrial flutter and had an electrophysiology study, where they ablated some arrhythmias, and during the proce...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand all your concerns. From what you mentioned, the medications that you take for the heart failure like the diuretics may be responsible for the great majority of your symptoms like the dry eyes, the ear problem, sore joints. So, I suggest that you tell me ...  Read Full »

What is ideal time for heart transplant with cardiomyopathy?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had cardiomyopathy for three years and am 38 years old. A defibrillator has been implanted, but the doctor said I urgently need a heart transplant. I am afraid to undergo such a big procedure. Also, I need a donor's heart, and I am in waiting. How much is the ideal waiting perio...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your heart transplantation need. Heart transplant waiting time varies from country to country and state to state. Mechanical circulatory support devices are transplanted as bridges and also as destination therapy if transplant is not possible in t...  Read Full »

I have high BNP levels, fatigue, and breathlessness. Advise.

Query: Hi doctor,I have had several ECHOs, and I am confused. I was diagnosed with mild cardiomyopathy, LVF systolic, and diastolic dysfunction for 16 years. Though I was told it is mild, symptoms are severe, and my BNP went up to 664 pg/mL (normal is less than 50 pg/mL). In the recent few weeks, I feel br...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Your echocardiography (ECHO) tests are normal. You should not be worried about that. Moreover, answer the following questions accurately along with tests I suggest and followup in the coming days so that you m...  Read Full »

Can hypertension cause dilated cardiomyopathy?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a medical question actually. There is a 30-year-old obese female with no known history who comes to the emergency room. She presents with a 2-month history of shortness of breath and pedal edema. When she comes to the emergency room she is found to be in a hypertensive emergency...  Read Full »

Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to She is having HTN (hypertension) which may cause concentric LVH (left ventricular hypertrophy). EF (ejection fraction) 20 to 25 % with both pericardial and bilateral pleural effusion. You need to evaluate the cause of effusion both cardiac and pleural and need to exc...  Read Full »

Can you still have ARVC despite normal scan reports?

Query: Hello doctor,I am feared of having ARVC after reading about it on the internet. This is a series of phobias that started from blocked arteries, SCD, Afib, and finally into ARVC. I have done all the tests relating to the heart, such as ECG, echocardiogram, MRI, and stress test. My ECG showed an abnor...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your ECG (electrocardiogram) is normal (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Regarding MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and echocardiography, the reports are not in english. So, I will translate it and will get back to you soon. Thanks.  Read Full »

Is it advisable to give general anesthesia in cardiomyopathy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female, and I had a history of PVC-induced cardiomyopathy, which was cured by ablation. That was more than six years ago, after which my heart returned to normal. I have maintained good cardiac health the entire time. Eleven months ago, I very suddenly lost the hearing in my left e...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am glad to hear from you. I passed carefully through your question and would explain that there is no reason to fear the surgery, as your cardiac ultrasound is within the normal range. I am sure that everything will be fine, as you are going to have surgery with a ...  Read Full »

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