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Cardiomyopathy - dilated
Symptoms of heart failure are most common. Usually, they develop slowly over time. However, sometimes symptoms start very suddenly and are severe. Common symptoms are:
Other symptoms may include:
Cardiomyopathy is usually discovered when the doctor is examining and testing you for the cause of heart failure.
A number of laboratory tests may be done to determine the cause:
Children will have:
Heart enlargement, congestion of the lungs, decreased movement/functioning of the heart, or heart failure may show on these tests:
Other tests may include:
Lab tests vary depending on the suspected cause.
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