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What is Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)?

DCM is a heart condition that has many causes. It can affect entire families if the cause is genetic. There are specific areas that are common to DCM despite the cause. This cylinder represents a way to learn about these common areas and to further explore about what is known about the genetics of DCM.

Explore 5 Key Areas of Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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What is felt or experienced by a person with DCM

Refers to risk factors for the development of heart failure and the changes the heart undergoes in DCM

Heart rhythm abnormalities commonly associated with DCM

The most common causes of DCM are coronary artery disease (heart attack) and genetics. If the cause is genetics, it can affect entire families.

Genetics, one of the causes for the development of DCM, refers to abnormalities in genes that may lead to DCM and may be inherited and passed down in a family.

Our mission provides HOPE and support to patients and families with Dilated Cardiomyopathy through research, advocacy, and education.

1 in 250 people have DCM. DCM runs in families. Your DCM may have a genetic basis. Children likely have a 50% chance of inheriting the same genetic change that caused their parent’s DCM. DCM, even though easily detectable with a Heart Check, can be a silent disease for months or years. When there is no known cause, the condition is called Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy. This is the most common diagnosis for patients who need a heart transplant.


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