Which clinical history findings indicate the severity of 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

Determine the severity of disease, possible causes (eg, alcohol or drug use), and symptoms when taking the history of a patient with suspected cardiomyopathy. Symptoms are a good indicator of the severity of the disease and may include the following:

  • Fatigue

  • Dyspnea on exertion, shortness of breath

  • Orthopnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea

  • Increasing edema, weight, or abdominal girth


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