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LV systolic dysfunction/peripheral pulses


  Is it possible to have LV systolic dysfunction and not have DCM.  I was diagnosed with a moderately dilated LV and was referred to another cardiologist for a second opinion.  The second cardiologist stated that if corrected for body mass (I'm a little over 6' and 180 lbs.) That my LV (end diastolic dimension 6.1) was normal.  What does is mean to have a peripheral pulses 2+.  Thank you very much.
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Dear Pat,
Thank you for your question.  Yes it is possible to have LV systolic dysfunction and not have dilated cardiomyopathy.  The systolic dysfunction refers to the pumping ability of the heart and the dimensions refer to the size of the heart.  Many different things can cause systolic dysfunction and your doctor can sort out with you what (if anything) needs to be done next.  Peripheral pulses refer to the strength of the pulse and can range from 0 to 4.  (2+ is a little below average to average). Hope this helps.

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