DCM most commonly affects the left side of the heart the side that receives blood from the lungs and pumps it to the body, specifically the left ventricle. When the myocardium cannot pump blood out of the left heart effectively, the kidneys retain sodium and water to increase the amount of blood returning to the heart. This leads to an enlargement of the ventricles in order to compensate for the ineffective pumping. This is helpful for years, but ultimately becomes detrimental when it causes the blood pressure in the heart to back up into the lungs, thereby causing fluid accumulation within the lungs pulmonary edema. This is called heart failure or congestive heart failure CHF. Although less common, DCM affecting the right ventricle can also occur. There are several breeds that are predisposed to DCM. DCM is not just limited to specific breeds.
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