What Is the Relationship Between Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure?

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What is the relationship between dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure?

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Dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure are both heart problems. The former is a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and can’t pump blood effectively, and the latter occurs when the heart is unable to pump sufficiently to maintain blood flow to meet the body’s needs.

Dilated cardiomyopathy, which is also called congestive cardiomyopathy, is the most common cause of heart failure, which is also known as congestive heart failure. Actually, a lot of people, including many doctors, use the medical term “heart failure” as a virtual synonym for dilated cardiomyopathy.

Dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure share many similarities in their symptoms and signs. Same symptoms of the two diseases are fatigue, weakness, swelling in the feet, ankles and legs, shortness of breath, dizziness and fainting, poor exercise tolerance, and palpitations

 

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