oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Clinical progress of followed-up dilated (congestive) cardiomyopathy patients

Volume 34, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Fifty-five patients with dilated (congestive) cardiomyopathy registered during an eight-year period (1973-1981), followed up for 0-13 years where each one had a potential follow-up of at least five years, were studied. Alcohol excess intake was one of the associated factors in 40,0 per cent of all patients. The illness was progressive in 47,3 per cent of all patients despite treatment. The one-year and five-year mortality rates were 31,8 and 61,8 per cent, respectively. Pulmonary oedema, arrythmias and arterial embolization were significant complications. Of all deaths 42,3 percent occurred suddenly and unexpectedly. Cardio-thoracic ratio at diagnosis was of no prognostic value. There is need for reduction in alcohol intake.

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