What Causes Cardiomyopathy?

In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of cardiomyopathy we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow cardiomyopathy to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind cardiomyopathy consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to cardiomyopathy.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Hypertension
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cigarette Smoke Damage
  • Diabetes II
  • Mercury Toxicity

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
occasionally feeling unusually cold
poorly-removed amalgams
occasional confusion/disorientation
excessive thirst
regular postprandial somnolence
sound of blood rushing in both ears
elevated B12 levels
very irregular menstrual cycles
type 2 diabetes NIDD
numb/burning/tingling extremities
occasional sore throats
moderate unexplained weight gain
... and more than 80 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of cardiomyopathy:
Cause Probability Status
Hypertension 98% Confirm
Mercury Toxicity 30% Unlikely
Diabetes II 5% Ruled out
Cigarette Smoke Damage 1% Ruled out
Muscular Dystrophy 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate pre-existing cardiovascular problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you been diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy? This is a potentially serious disease in which the heart muscle becomes weakened or enlarged and the heart is often dilated.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, but the condition is currently mild
→ Yes, condition is concerning but not advanced
→ Yes, I am close to heart failure
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of cardiomyopathy, having mild cardiomyopathy, having cardiomyopathy or having advanced cardiomyopathy, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

Mercury levels in the heart tissue of individuals who died from Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy (IDCM) were found to be on average 22,000 times higher than in individuals who died of other forms of heart disease. [J Amer Coll Cardiology v33(6) pp.1578-83,1999]

Cigarette Smoke Damage

The risk of being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy goes up with the number of cigarettes smoked per day.  Although there is room for controversy, all doctors recommend that smokers with DCM quit smoking.

Diabetes Type II

People with diabetes have been reported to be at increased risk of being diagnosed with DCM.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is usually a hereditary disorder, although incidence of this form of cardiomyopathy may also be higher in people with hypertension. [Hypertension 1994;24(5): pp.585-90]

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