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Dilated cardiomyopathy of the elderly

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a primary myocardial disease with unknown cause. The disease is characterized by left or right ventricular or bilateral ventricular enlargement, accompanied by decreased ventricular systolic function, with or without congestive heart failure. Ventricular or atrial arrhythmias are common. The disease is progressive, and death can occur at any stage of the disease.


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