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Dilated cardiomyopathy




Cardiovascular system

Vascular disorders
Congenital heart defects
Cardiac arrhythmias
Valvular disorders
Heart failure
Cardiac infections
Pericardial disorders
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Cardiovascular system pathology review

Dilated cardiomyopathy


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Dilated cardiomyopathy

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USMLE® Step 1 style questions USMLE

1 questions

USMLE® Step 2 style questions USMLE

2 questions

A 43-year-old woman who suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy comes to the local university hospital because she has received notification that the emergent transplant team is currently awaiting the arrival of a donor cardiac allograft. She suffered from chronic alcoholism for 10 years after the unexpected death of her parents, but has now been sober for the past 3 years. Meanwhile, at the same institution, a patient with end-stage renal disease has been waiting several months for a compatible kidney allograft. He suffers from lupus nephritis and has attended dialysis sessions three times per week since the diagnosis. Which of the following is the most significant differentiating factor that between these two tissue types with regard to the patient waiting time associated with transplantation? 

External References

Content Reviewers:

Rishi Desai, MD, MPH

Cardiomyopathy translates to “heart muscle disease,” so cardiomyopathy is a broad term used to describe a variety of issues that result from disease of the myocardium, or heart muscle.

When cardiomyopathy develops as a way to compensate for some other underlying disease, such as hypertension or valve diseases, it’s called secondary cardiomyopathy. When it develops all by itself, it’s called primary cardiomyopathy.

Now, the most common type is dilated