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Vol 11, No 3 (2016)
Review Papers
Published online: 2016-07-13
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Through the liver to the heart. Practical aspects of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy, a literature review

Adam R. Markowski, Hanna Kamalska
DOI: 10.5603/FC.2016.0032
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Folia Cardiologica 2016;11(3):209-214.

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Vol 11, No 3 (2016)
Review Papers
Published online: 2016-07-13

Abstract

Cirrhotic cardiomyopathy is a clinical syndrome characterized by cardiac function disturbances with a systolic and diastolic dysfunction, as well electromechanical abnormalities, occurring in patients with liver cirrhosis, in the absence of another known cause of heart disease, regardless of alcohol consumption. The course of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy is usually subclinical, and its symptoms often manifest only in conditions of hemodynamic stress, such as excessive physical exercise or bleeding from esophageal varices. Then it requires the special attention, because there is no established specific therapy of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy, and some drugs commonly used in the treatment of heart failure adversely affect its course.

It seems that all patients with established moderate and severe liver cirrhosis, at the time of diagnosis, may benefit from screening for the presence of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy.

Abstract

Cirrhotic cardiomyopathy is a clinical syndrome characterized by cardiac function disturbances with a systolic and diastolic dysfunction, as well electromechanical abnormalities, occurring in patients with liver cirrhosis, in the absence of another known cause of heart disease, regardless of alcohol consumption. The course of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy is usually subclinical, and its symptoms often manifest only in conditions of hemodynamic stress, such as excessive physical exercise or bleeding from esophageal varices. Then it requires the special attention, because there is no established specific therapy of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy, and some drugs commonly used in the treatment of heart failure adversely affect its course.

It seems that all patients with established moderate and severe liver cirrhosis, at the time of diagnosis, may benefit from screening for the presence of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy.

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Keywords

Cirrhotic cardiomyopathy, diagnosis, treatment.

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Title

Through the liver to the heart. Practical aspects of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy, a literature review

Journal

Folia Cardiologica

Issue

Vol 11, No 3 (2016)

Pages

209-214

Published online

2016-07-13

DOI

10.5603/FC.2016.0032

Bibliographic record

Folia Cardiologica 2016;11(3):209-214.

Keywords

Cirrhotic cardiomyopathy
diagnosis
treatment.

Authors

Adam R. Markowski
Hanna Kamalska

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