Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Treatment cannot cure DCM but drugs can help your child’s heart to stabilise, and in many cases not to deteriorate any further, and it is possible that your child may recover spontaneously.

  • Drugs - Ace inhibitors, antiarrhythmics, beta blockers, digoxin, diuretics and anticoagulant can all treat symptoms and improve the heart’s efficiency.
  • Pacemaker -If your child’s heart rate is too slow, a pacemaker may be needed.
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) - in rare cases an ICD can be implanted to shock your child’s heart out of a dangerous fast rhythm.

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Author(s): Children’s Heart Federation
Last updated: 2009-12-09