Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

If you've been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, there are several key questions that you should ask your cardiologist during your next visit. These questions will ensure that you and your doctor have discussed your major risk factors so that you can become or stay as healthy as possible.
  • What risk factors predisposed me to developing a dilated cardiomyopathy? If so, are these reversible?
  • Can dilated cardiomyopathy affect my heart valves?
  • Are there viruses that could have led to my dilated cardiomyopathy? If so, will this improve over time?
  • What are the symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy?
  • What medications should I take to prevent dilated cardiomyopathy from worsening?
  • Am I a candidate for advanced therapies if medications are insufficient for my dilated cardiomyopathy?
  • Will I need a pacemaker or cardiac resynchronization therapy for my dilated cardiomyopathy?
  • Does dilated cardiomyopathy limit my exercise capacity?
  • How often should my cardiac function be monitored because of dilated cardiomyopathy?
  • Should I follow a special diet because of dilated cardiomyopathy? Any dietary restrictions?
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