What is the focus of clinical history to evaluate dilated cardiomyopathy?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Vinh Q Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE  more...
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Note other important patient information, including age, sex, race, and medical history, especially the following:

  • Hypertension

  • Angina

  • Coronary artery disease

  • Anemia

  • Thyroid dysfunction

  • Breast cancer

  • Prior history of heart failure or myocardial injury

  • Medications (especially new medications or lack of compliance with current medications)

  • Social history (eg, tobacco, alcohol, illicit drug use)

  • Family history of cardiomyopathy or sudden cardiac death

For additional information on dilated cardiomyopathy from specific causes, see the Medscape Reference articles Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy, Cocaine-Related Cardiomyopathy, and Pregnancy and Cardiomyopathy.


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