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Vijay Kumar
Vijay Kumar5 months ago
Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, is when the heart chambers enlarge and lose their ability to contract. It often starts in the left ventricle (bottom chamber). As the disease gets worse, it may spread to the right ventricle and to the atria (top chambers). DCM is somewhat uncommon, but not rare. It affects men more often than women and tends to occur in adults ages 20 to 60 years old.Some symptoms include: -Shortness of breath with exertion (may progress to shortness of breath when at rest) -Shortness of breath when lying flat -Sudden shortness of breath that wakes you up at night -Fatigue -Reduced ability to be active and exercise -Swelling in the legs and other areas -Fainting -Weakness or lightheadedness -Cough -Abnormal heart rhythms

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