Which cardiac findings suggest dilated cardiomyopathy?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Vinh Q Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE  more...
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Answer

Findings on examination of the heart may include the following:

  • Cardiomegaly (broad and displaced point of maximal impulse, right ventricular heave)

  • Murmurs (with appropriate maneuvers)

  • S2 at the base (paradoxical splitting, prominent P2), S3, and S4

  • Tachycardia

  • Irregularly irregular rhythm

  • Gallops

See Presentation for more detail.


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