To request an appointment, contact the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute:
In DCM the heart's chambers dilate or get wider. When this happens, the heart can't pump blood as it should.
In others, lifestyle choices cause DCM, like:
At the center, you'll see:
Not everyone who has DCM has symptoms. You might have the disease and not know it.
Let your doctor know if you have the following symptoms:
Also, talk with your doctor if you have family members who've had:
They can help you make lifestyle changes that support your heart's health.
When you visit the Center for Inherited Heart Disease, you'll meet with a heart specialist and genetic counselor. They will assess and screen you to learn more about heart disease in your family.
Doctors use a few tests to diagnose DCM:
Our experts at the Center for Inherited Heart Disease work with you to design a DCM treatment plan tailored to you.
Your doctor might suggest lifestyle changes, such as:
Your doctor might prescribe drugs to:
If lifestyle changes or medicine don't help your condition, you might need: