Heart Information Center
As the causes of cardiomyopathy is not known the specialists use the risk factors, tests and medical history to categorize the disease. If your cardiomyopathy is caused because of genetic factors then it is classified as hereditary cardiomyopathy.
Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a common congenital heart condition which is characterized by a hole in the wall or septum, which separates the ventricles of the heart and allows blood to pass from the left side to the right side of the heart. Know the causes, symptoms, treatment, complications and prevention of Ventricular Septal Defect.
When endocarditis is not treated, it causes death (in 100% of cases). The failures, in many cases, are not due to the impossibility of controlling the infection, but death occurs due to heart failure, embolisms, rupture of mycotic aneurysms or renal failure. Nevertheless, the optimal therapeutic regimens can give cure rates of 90-95%.
Endocarditis is a serious disease that may cause death, even if the chosen treatment is appropriate. The type of microorganism, the size of vegetation, the altered performance of the affected valve and the existence of emboli or heart failure will influence the prognosis. Nevertheless, healing is not uncommon if treated adequately.
Infections are one of the factors involved in cardiovascular risk. Its function can be variable depending on the type of infection, the microorganism responsible and the coexistence of other factors. It has been mainly associated with the initiation and maintenance of the arteriosclerosis process, as well as it could be involved in the development of cardiac arrhythmias.
The thickening of the arterial walls is evolving toward hardening as calcium deposits form. Thickening and calcification reduce the passage of blood to the tissues. If the circulation of the blood becomes too slow, ischemia occurs. Ischemia or decreased irrigation to tissues produces as a consequence acute myocardial infarction, better known as heart attacks.
The complications of untreated pericarditis may lead to congestive heart failure but directly pericarditis will not lead to CHF.