Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Common Name(s)

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle which primarily affects the heart's main pumping chamber, the left ventricle. It is the most common type of cardiomyopathy and typically affects those aged 20 to 60. The left ventricle of affected individuals becomes enlarged (dilated) and cannot pump blood to the body with as much force as a healthy heart can. The heart muscle also has difficulty contracting normally, which can lead to irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia), blood clots, or sudden death. Over time, the heart becomes weaker and heart failure can occur. While the cause of dilated cardiomyopathy is often unknown (idiopathic), some cases are acquired or inherited.
 

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Dilated Cardiomyopathy" for support, advocacy or research.

Barth Syndrome Foundation

Our mission is saving lives through education, advances in treatment, and finding a cure for Barth syndrome.

Last Updated: 12 Apr 2014

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Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation

Our mission is to accelerate the search for a cure by stimulating and supporting promising research on pediatric cardiomyopathy, by educating and assisting physicians and patients on the complexities of the disease, and by increasing awareness and advocacy on behalf of affected children and their families.

Last Updated: 20 May 2014

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Kids with Heart National Association for Children's Heart Disorders

Our organization was formed in 1985 with the main mission of providing support, information, resources, and education for the families of the children living with congenital heart defects and to promote public awareness of the issues that these families live with on a day to day basis.

Last Updated: 30 Oct 2012

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Dilated Cardiomyopathy" for support, advocacy or research.

Barth Syndrome Foundation

Our mission is saving lives through education, advances in treatment, and finding a cure for Barth syndrome.

http://www.barthsyndrome.org

Last Updated: 12 Apr 2014

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Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation

Our mission is to accelerate the search for a cure by stimulating and supporting promising research on pediatric cardiomyopathy, by educating and assisting physicians and patients on the complexities of the disease, and by increasing awareness and advocacy on behalf of affected children and their families.

http://www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org

Last Updated: 20 May 2014

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Kids with Heart National Association for Children's Heart Disorders

Our organization was formed in 1985 with the main mission of providing support, information, resources, and education for the families of the children living with congenital heart defects and to promote public awareness of the issues that these families live with on a day to day basis.

http://www.kidswithheart.org

Last Updated: 30 Oct 2012

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General Resources

2012 Conference Program

Barth Syndrome Foundation 2012 Conference Program

Updated 2 Nov 2012

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Barth Syndrome Professional Healthcare Brochure

Important information regarding diagnosis and treatment of Barth syndrome.

Updated 12 Apr 2014

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Dilated Cardiomyopathy" returned 1155 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Reverse remodeling in dilated cardiomyopathy: dream come true?
 

Author(s): Shemy Carasso, Offer Amir

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Jul;16(7):444-5.

 

Last Updated: 29 Aug 2014

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Prevalence and clinical predictors of reverse remodeling in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy.
 

Author(s): Michael Arad, Tamar Nussbaum, Ido Blechman, Micha S Feinberg, Nira Koren-Morag, Yael Peled, Dov Freimark

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Jul;16(7):405-11.

 

Contemporary therapiesimprove prognosis and may restore left ventricular (LV) sizeand function.

Last Updated: 29 Aug 2014

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Temporal changes in plasma brain natriuretic peptide levels during exercise stress-echocardiography in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy.
 

Author(s): Vladan Peric, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Sasa Sovtic, Radojica Stolic, Dijana Djikic, Petar Otasevic

Journal: Int Heart J. 2014 ;55(5):428-32.

 

The aim of this study was to evaluate temporal changes in brain natriuretic petide (BNP) levels during exercise stress-echocardiography in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy with respect to the left ventricular contractile reserve. We studied 55 consecutive patients with dilated ...

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2014

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The terms "Dilated Cardiomyopathy" returned 73 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathy: four decades of basic research on muscle lead to potential therapeutic approaches to these devastating genetic diseases.
 

Author(s): James A Spudich

Journal: Biophys. J.. 2014 Mar;106(6):1236-49.

 

With the advent of technologies to obtain the complete sequence of the human genome in a cost-effective manner, this decade and those to come will see an exponential increase in our understanding of the underlying genetics that lead to human disease. And where we have a deep understanding ...

Last Updated: 24 Mar 2014

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Dilated cardiomyopathy and hypothyroidism associated with pegylated interferon and ribavirin treatment for chronic hepatitis C: case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Wenxue Zhao, Fanpu Ji, Shanshan Yu, Zongfang Li, Hong Deng

Journal: Braz J Infect Dis. ;18(1):110-3.

 

Pegylated interferon alpha (Peg IFN-α) in combination with ribavirin is the backbone of treatment in chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Cardiotoxicity due to interferon therapy is rare. The most frequent cardiovascular complications are arrhythmias and ischemic manifestations. Cardiomyopathy ...

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2014

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The need to modify patient selection to improve the benefits of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for primary prevention of sudden death in non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy.
 

Author(s): Marcello Disertori, Silvia Quintarelli, Silvia Mazzola, Valentina Favalli, Nupoor Narula, Eloisa Arbustini

Journal: Europace. 2013 Dec;15(12):1693-701.

 

Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35% is a major determinant for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy for primary prevention of sudden death (SD) in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). However, as a risk marker for SD, low LVEF has ...

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Cell Therapy In Dilated Cardiomyopathy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Dilated Cardiomyopathy

 

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2008

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Pathophysiology of Dilated Cardiomyopathy
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Dilated Cardiomyopathy

 

Last Updated: 29 Nov 2013

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Safety and Efficacy Study of Intramyocardial Stem Cell Therapy in Patients With Dilated Cardiomyopathy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Dilated Cardiomyopathy; Chronic Heart Failure

 

Last Updated: 9 Apr 2013

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