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Image of a normal heart.
Image of a heart with dilated cardiomyopathy.
In DCM the heart's chambers dilate or get wider. When this happens, the heart can't pump blood as it should.
In others, lifestyle choices cause DCM, like:
At the center, you'll see:
Not everyone who has DCM has symptoms. You might have the disease and not know it.
Let your doctor know if you have the following symptoms:
Also, talk with your doctor if you have family members who've had:
They can help you make lifestyle changes that support your heart's health.
When you visit the Center for Inherited Heart Disease, you'll meet with a heart specialist and genetic counselor. They will assess and screen you to learn more about heart disease in your family.
Doctors use a few tests to diagnose DCM:
Our experts at the Center for Inherited Heart Disease work with you to design a DCM treatment plan tailored to you.
Your doctor might suggest lifestyle changes, such as:
Your doctor might prescribe drugs to:
If lifestyle changes or medicine don't help your condition, you might need: