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HEART DISEASE



Published: Sat, August 18, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



HEART DISEASE

About the afflication

Christine Steele, 15, of Hubbard suffered from restricted cardiomyopathy. She waited four months for a heart transplant.

WHAT IS THE DISEASE?

Least common of cardiomyopathies.Bad cells and proteins get into the walls of the heart, causing them to become stiff.In the beginning, the heart can contract but has problems getting blood because it doesn't want to expand.Blood starts backing up in the body because the heart won't accept it.Eventually, the heart muscle gets damaged and even contractions don't occur.

SYMPTOMS

Shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pains and palpitations.

TREATMENT

None.

Source: Boston University




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