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

Updated: Mar 02, 2021
  • Author: Vinh Q Nguyen, MD, FACC; Chief Editor: Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE  more...
  • Print

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.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!