Jargon Buster - Definition of Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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Dilated Cardiomyopathy

or DCM is caused by the heart dilating (enlarging) which means that it is more difficult for it to pump blood. The dilation causes the heart and the muscle walls to weaken. Approximately two in every ten thousand people will suffer from Dilated Cardiomyopathy and the condition can lead to heart failure.

There is no treatment to reverse the changes to the heart however there is treatment that can ease the symptoms. Possible treatments are Warfarin, cardioversion, pacemakers and defibrillators. In some cases where the heart fails, a heart transplant may be required.

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