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    stages of arvd
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    An_257498 posted:
    am 42 and I have been diagnosed with arvd. I am waiting on my genetic testing results. however, the minimum would be icd and more extreme is heart surgery. can anyone tell me are there any stages to this disease. I am worried. I have chest pains, dizziness and fatigue daily. I am just worried my doctor is not acting fast enough or maybe im just worried..
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "Can anyone tell me are there any stages to this disease."

    From the Cardiomyopathy Association

    Four stages of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD)

    **Also called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC)

    Concealed phase

    Subtle structural changes in the RV. Patient usually asymptomatic, although may have minor VT. High risk of sudden death.

    Overt phase

    Noticeable structural or functional changes in the RV. Symptoms include ventricular dysrhythmias, presyncope, syncope, and palpitations.

    Weakening of the RV

    RV dilates and weakens. Symptoms of RV failure include edema of the legs or ankles, abdominal distension, dyspepsia, and anorexia.

    Weakening of the LV

    LV dilates and weakens. Symptoms of heart failure include dyspnea on exertion, orthopnea, and breathlessness.


    Cleveland Clinic

    Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD)

    ARVD is a rare form of cardiomyopathy in which .....

    http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/disorders/heartfailure/arvd.aspx

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    "I am worried. I have chest pains, dizziness and fatigue daily."

    "I am just worried my doctor is not acting fast enough......"

    Always be proactive in your health care and treatment. Sometimes this requires being assertive.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)




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