Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease

Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the muscle of the heart which results in an enlarged heart with thin walls and a large pumping chamber.  Dilated cardiomyopathy has many potential causes, including heart attacks, heart valve disease, high blood pressure, infections, and drugs toxic to the heart.

In young patients, dilated cardiomyopathy is often due to an underlying genetic change.  This has important implications for a patient’s siblings, children, and parents. Additionally, in some cases, other organ systems may be affected due to the same genetic change.  At Stanford’s Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, patients with dilated cardiomyopathy are evaluated carefully for evidence of a familial component of disease.  This allows for better tailoring of screening in parents, siblings and other family members, early identification, and preventative treatment to halt or reverse the progression of disease.  Our physicians work closely with nurse specialists, specialty physicians and surgeons, genetic counselors, and other care providers, as well as your local physician team to ensure quality care.

Families with dilated cardiomyopathy have diverse experiences with heart disease.  The Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease team delivers personalized care to each individual with dilated cardiomyopathy and with risk for developing dilated cardiomyopathy. 

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