Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Myocarditis

  • Azin Alizadehasl
  • Anita Sadeghpour


Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is myocardial disease that is characterized by the left ventricular (LV) enlargement and LV systolic dysfunction in the absence of other causes of volume overload or increased afterload. LV end-diastolic and end-systolic dimensions, as well as LV end-diastolic volumes and overall LV mass, are increased (with normal or sometimes thinned walls), and the global ejection fraction (EF) is reduced and sub-normal (LVEF < 45%, fractional shortening <25%, according to literature review).

Myocarditis frequently mimicking acute coronary syndrome on first presentation. Two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography has conventionally played a restricted role in the diagnosis of acute myocarditis. Coming on of advanced echocardiographic modalities like strain and also myocardial perfusion imaging have vividly expanded the scope and role of echocardiography for better diagnosis with precise bedside study of regional contractility, myocardial blood flow, micro-vascular integrity and also function. These newer modalities has incremental usefulness over the time.


Dilated cardiomyopathy Myocarditis Echocardiography Peri-partum cardiomyopathy (PPM) Takotsubo cardiomyopathy LV thrombus Assist device 





Atrial fibrillation


Acquired immune deficiency syndrome


Bundle branch block


Blood pressure


Coronary artery disease


Cardiac magnetic resonance


Cardiac resynchronization therapy


Dilated cardiomyopathy


Ejection fraction


Heart failure


Left ventricular


Mitral valve


Pulmonary hypertension


Peri-partum cardiomyopathy


Regional wall motion abnormalities


Tricuspid regurgitation


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Azin Alizadehasl
    • 2
  • Anita Sadeghpour
    • 1
  1. 1.Associate Professor of Cardiology, Echocardiologist, Echocardiography and Cardiogenetic Research CentersCardio-Oncology Department, Rajaie Cardiovascular Medical and Research CenterTehranIran
  2. 2.Professor of CardiologyEchocardiography Research Center, Rajaie Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center, Iran University of Medical ScienceTehranIran

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