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    [dilated cardiomyopathy]

    Author: Debbie (---.glen-net.ca)

    Date: 05-22-02 14:07

    I am trying to find out what the difference is between hypertrophic and dilated. Is one considered more serious? My husband was diagnosed with hypertrophic from and echo. but when I looked up dilated he seems to have the symptoms also. Thanks for any info

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    [Re: dilated cardiomyopathy]

    Author: karen (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 05-22-02 16:05

    Hi Debbie,

    The two main differences I know are... the ventricular wall thickness is normal in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) while the ventricles are dilated or large. In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) there's usually excessive thickening of the ventricular septum while the left ventricular chamber is relatively small.

    My husband and daughter carry the diagnosis of HCM with obstruction. While the symptoms of both DCM & HCM are similar, the treatment can be different, but as far as which one would be more serious...dilated, HCM, or HOCM..I don't know.

    Hope this helped. Take care.

    Karen

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    [Re: dilated cardiomyopathy]

    Author: Pat (---.d00832.dlup.digitaldune.net)

    Date: 05-22-02 17:25

    Hi Debbie,

    The American Heart Association has a good basic description of the cardiomyopathies (dilated, hypertrophic, & restrictive) on its Web site at http://www.americanheart.org/heart_a...de/cmyopa.html You'll notice that many of the symptoms are similar because they are symptoms of a heart which is not functioning as well as we would like it to function.

    I have found that Web site useful for other things, too, like the drugs used to treat HCM.

    My best to you and your husband,

    Pat

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    [Re: dilated cardiomyopathy]

    Author: Debbie (---.glen-net.ca)

    Date: 05-22-02 20:23

    Thank you for your help. I checked out the website and it had alot of great info. Karen how are your husband and daughter feeling? also who was diagnosed first? My two boys have appointments for echo. but the waiting is very hard on the nerves as I'm sure you know.

    Thanks again,

    Debbie

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    [Re: dilated cardiomyopathy]

    Author: karen (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 05-23-02 08:36

    My daughter is doing very well. She's goes next week for a stress echo to see if there's any obstruction or rhythm issues at a max heart rate. In my earlier response I said both my daughter & husband have HOCM, that was incorrect. Sometimes my brain and my fingers just aren't in sync!

    My husband carries that diagnosis. My daughter was diagnosed with apical HCM. My husband is doing fair, s/p a few pacemakers, AV ablation, ICD. Roy was diagnosed at 16 years old, our daughter at 19.

    I know all about the waiting being hard on the nerves. You can email me at home if you'd like and we can talk about it. Take care.

    Karen

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    [Re: dilated cardiomyopathy]

    Author: sarah beckley -moderator (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 05-23-02 13:56

    Dear Debbie

    There is some info on this site, too, that explains the different types of cardiomyopathy.

    S

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    [Re: dilated cardiomyopathy]

    Author: Debbie (---.glen-net.ca)

    Date: 05-23-02 20:06

    thanks for the info. I'm very anxious for my husbands next appt. It isn't until the end June and it's for an angiogram. I guess that will give us more info about what is going on.

    Debbie
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.
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