Questions and answers

What are the symptoms of cardiomyopathy?

Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy can be totally absent for a long time and appear at any time in life. There is not a particular symptom present in all patients. Breathlessness (“Dyspnea”) and Fatigue In some phases of the disease the ability to carry out physical activity may be limited by breathlessness and / or fatigue. [...]

Genetics

Clinically, I was given a dubious diagnosis of Cardiomyopathy. In this case, can the genetic test be useful for defining the diagnosis? The identification of the genetic mutation is the safest method to confirm the suspicion of Cardiomyopathy, while if the mutation is not identified, the doubt remains and [...]

Instrumental examinations

What instrumental tests can be performed to evaluate the patient with Cardiomyopathy (CM)? TESTS with ECG Electrocardiogram (ECG) An ECG records the electrical signal generated by the heart and is performed by applying up to 12 metal plates (electrodes) placed on the chest, wrists and ankles. In the [...]

Possible complications

What are the possible complications of a cardiomyopathy? The severity of symptoms and the risk of complications vary greatly from patient to patient. Many patients have no major complaints for many years. Each patient with CM must be individually assessed and advised to prevent and manage complications The course [...]

Blood chemistry tests

What blood tests should I do? In patients with cardiomyopathy it is necessary to check some blood chemistry tests at least every year, useful for assessing the state of compensation and arrhythmic risk. These include atrial natriuretic peptides (proBNP or BNP), Troponin, which can be even only slightly elevated, [...]

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