Hope for normal heart function in children with fatal heart disease
After two decades of arduous research, an investigator has published a new study showing that many children with an often fatal type of heart disease can recover “normal size and function” of damaged sections of their hearts. The finding clearly demonstrates that nearly one-fourth of children treated for “idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy,” or DCM, when these children with DCM become symptomatic by developing congestive heart failure) can be expected to fully recover normal size and function of left-ventricular (LV) heart muscle fibers within about two years of diagnosis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 14, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mount Sinai Scientists Identify First Gene Linked to Heart Muscle...
Findings Show Several FDA-Approved Drugs May also be Effective in Patients Diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy(PRWeb April 28, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11798825.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - April 29, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Genetics Home Reference: familial dilated cardiomyopathy
http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/familial-dilated-cardiomyopathy (Source: NLM General Announcements)
Source: NLM General Announcements - December 17, 2013 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Mother Ashton Hutcheson's shock at being told son has just 50/50 chance of survival
Ashton Hutcheson (pictured with his mother, Shanna), from Aberdeen, was eventually diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy after he developed stomach pain and sickness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic Test Helps Spot Familial CardiomyopathyGenetic Test Helps Spot Familial Cardiomyopathy
Using a new genetic testing strategy, researchers have identified new mutations that improve the ability to detect family members with inherited dilated cardiomyopathy. Heartwire (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Sequencing of Hypertrophic and Dilated Cardiomyopathy GenesSequencing of Hypertrophic and Dilated Cardiomyopathy Genes
Is next generation sequencing for cardiomyopathy genes ready for implementation in a diagnostic setting? Journal of Medical Genetics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Business of Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Sports and Life Lessons Collide at World Transplant Games
Brock and Connor recently returned from the 2013 World Transplant Games in South Africa By Brock Marvin  “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” This is what I told myself every single day that I battled severe dilated cardiomyopathy. And the phrase stayed with me for the months after my eventual heart transplant at Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Transplant Program in 2010. I always had plenty of faith that there were happier, healthier days ahead; I just needed to work a little harder than most teenagers to get there. But I wasn’t alone in the battle. Months after...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 18, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Our patients’ stories Sports & exercise Teen health congenital heart defect Elizabeth Blume heart transplant Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

From the surgical suite to the winner’s podium: brothers treated at Boston Children’s compete in the World Transplant Games
Though they’re two years apart, brothers Brock and Connor Marvin have a lot in common. They’re both affable, active young men who love watching and playing sports. Brock, the eldest, is a goal keeper for Oglethorpe University’s soccer team, while Connor holds places on his high school’s varsity soccer, basketball and golf teams. They were also both born with a genetic heart condition so severe it would require them to receive heart transplants within a year and a half of each other. A sudden shock On an April evening in 2008, Brock and Connor were killing time the way they normally did by tossing a ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 30, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tripp Underwood Tags: All posts Our patients’ stories Sports & exercise Teen health congential heart defect Elizabeth Blume heart transplant Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

Stem Cells, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DCM) & Cardiomyopathies
Conclusion: ADMs delay or prevent development of DCM in dystrophin-deficient heart, but timing of stem cell transplantation may be critical for achieving benefit with cell therapy in DMDcardiac muscle.Stem Cell Research Reagents. (Source: Neuromics)
Source: Neuromics - January 21, 2013 Category: Neuroscience Tags: Cardiomyopathy DCM ADMs Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy nestin antibodies Aorta-derived mesoangioblasts nestin antibody Stem cell markers cardiomyocytes Source Type: news

Cardio Notes: Two Meds Key in PAD Surgery
(MedPage Today) -- Patients scheduled for a peripheral artery intervention do much better if they are already on statins and aspirin. Also this week, predictors of new-onset dilated cardiomyopathy. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 14, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Transplantation of Engineered Heart Tissue in Dilated CardiomyopathyTransplantation of Engineered Heart Tissue in Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Is a new bridge to heart transplantation on the horizon? European Journal of Heart Failure (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news