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Heart Failure in Dilated Cardiomyopathy

  • C. Perret
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Part of the Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (UICM, volume 1)

Abstract

Dilated (congestive) cardiomyopathy (DCM) is defined as a heart muscle disease of unknown etiology characterized by a severe impairment of systolic function, responstible for a progressive ventricular dilatation. In most cases, both ventricles are simultaneously involved but occasionnally a right ventricular pump failure precedes the left ventricular failure. Many associated or conditioning factors have been incriminated including prolonged alcohol abuse, malnutrition, pregnancy/puerperium, small coronary-vessel disease, viral infection, persistent inflammation with disorders of cellular immunity.

Keywords

Left Ventricular Failure Congestive Cardiomyopathy Acute Left Ventricular Failure Progressive Ventricular Dilatation Diastolic Ventricular Volume 
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