DCM - DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY
literally means "sick heart muscle."
Dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, occurs when the heart muscle is thin, weak, and does not contract properly.
DCM most commonly affects large or giant purebred dogs, but it also can be seen in smaller breeds such as cocker spaniels etc...
The condition can lead to congestive heart failure, in which fluid accumulates in the lungs, the chest or abdominal cavities, or under the skin.
Because of reduced blood flow to the rest of the body, DCM also can result in weakness, fainting, and exercise intolerance.
Abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias, frequently accompany DCM, and can complicate the treatment of dogs with this disease.
Symptom: cough, wheeze, or laboured breathing , lack of energy,Irregular and rapid breathing,Decreased appetite and weight loss, Coughing, Weakness, Fainting, Abdominal Swelling
Unfortunately, there is no cure for DCM.
The treatments available are directed against the congestive heart failure signs, or the abnormal rhythms.
There is nothing which can reverse the actual disease process.
However, with modern treatment and advances in new drugs, many dogs can have a good quality of life for some time.
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