What is Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)?
In people with dilated cardiomyopathy, the heart’s left ventricle (the main pumping chamber) enlarges and loses its ability to pump blood properly.
DCM can be caused by:
- Birth defects
- Coronary artery disease
- Drug abuse
Most cases of heart failure are due to DCM.
Symptoms of DCM are similar to that of heart failure. Some symptoms are:
- Breathlessness even when at rest
- Swollen feet and abdomen
Common diagnostic tests:
6-minute walk test: To test exercise capacity
ECG (electrocardiogram): If you have DCM, your ECG will be abnormal.
Chest X-ray: In DCM, the heart is enlarged which can be clearly seen in an X-ray.
Echocardiography: In this test, ultrasound waves are directed to the heart through a device called transducer. Different areas bounce off the waves differently these waves are picked up by a recording device to create moving pictures of your heart.
Basics of managing DCM
If you have DCM, you may not be able to exert yourself a lot. Talk to your doctor before you begin any exercise programme. Here are some tips on living withDCM.
- Quit smoking.
- Lose excess weight.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Eat a healthy diet.
Treatment at Madhavbaug™
Since DCM most commonly leads to chronic heart failure (CHF), we may recommend HFRT programme for patients with DCM. At Madhavbaug™, we have designed holistic therapy for treating CHF. Our ideology – “Whatever it takes” is a promise of doing everything possible to provide the best care to our patients. So, the therapy for CHF combines the best of modern diagnostics, Ayurveda principles, diet and physiotherapy. This ensures your symptoms are reduced, your exercise capacity increased, your symptoms reduce and you are able to live a productive life.