The DCM Foundation hopes that you are continuing to stay healthy and safe! Kathy Crispell, MD, Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Specialist and DCM Foundation Board Member, shares her third video update for DCM patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also provides some tips for staying healthy during influenza season. Please use the DCM Foundation Forums
We continue to use our blog as a space to feature personal stories of individuals and their families who are impacted by dilated cardiomyopathy. This blog post was written by Steve Fietek, an individual who has been living with DCM for many years. Steve shares how he continues to search for balance between this chronic
My name is Maureen Daniels and I am/was a dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) patient for over 30 years. I developed cardiomyopathy at age 37, in 1985, and at that time, there was little specific drug treatment. I lived with the disease for 30 years, and was very blessed, as I was declining, to get a heart
It can be confusing as states are reopening during this COVID-19 pandemic, and the DCM Foundation wants you to be healthy and safe! In the video below, Kathy Crispell, MD, Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Specialist and DCM Foundation Board Member, shares guidelines that you should continue to follow during this next phase of the pandemic.
In addition to featuring personal stories of individuals and their families who are impacted by dilated cardiomyopathy on this blog, we will also share helpful tips or suggestions related to DCM. This blog post was written by Greg Hershberger, a DCM patient and the Treasurer of the DCM Foundation Board of Directors. Greg shares what
We look forward to using this blog to share personal stories of individuals and their families who are impacted by DCM. This blog post was written by Greg Ruf, a DCM patient, as well as one of the founders and current president of the DCM Foundation. Greg shares how physical activity has remained an important
It’s not uncommon for people with dilated cardiomyopathy or heart failure to require treatment for heart rhythm abnormalities, also called arrhythmias. This treatment may include a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), devices that help maintain a regular heartbeat. In the video below, Greg Hershberger, a DCM Foundation Board Member and DCM patient, shares his experience
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we often hear that immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk of becoming very ill from COVID-19. Being an Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Specialist, Kathy Crispell, MD, DCM Foundation Board Member, has been asked several times what it means to be immunocompromised, and specifically, if this applies to dilated cardiomyopathy patients.
From her home in Oregon during this COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kathy Crispell, MD, Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Specialist and DCM Foundation Board Member, was able to record the video below where she shares information for DCM patients on the continuation of their medications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Crispell also shared a youtube video on
Please know that during this time, the DCM Foundation supports all measures to reduce the risk of infection to those with DCM and to their family members and friends. Following is a short list of what we want you to be aware of during this COVID-19 pandemic.