Background: Non-ischemic cardiomyopathy represents a heterogenous group of diseases that often lead to progressive heart failure with significant mortality and morbidity. The improved recognition, the incidence and prevalence of heart failure due to non-ischemic cardiomyopathy appears to be increasing. This study was conducted to determine the clinical profile of patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathies admitted at Philippine Heart Center (PHC) in 2013.
Method: It is a retrospective, descriptive study of patients with age >19 years admitted in the medical intensive care unit wards of PHC. A total of 187 subjects were included in the study. Proforma included age, gender, presenting complaints, past history, history of medications, clinical examination and echocardiographic findings.
Results: Majority were 40-65 years of age (57%) with a mean age of 51.2 years. Most of them are males (75.40%) and dilated cardiomyopathy (idiopathic) as the most common form. Breathlessness was the most common chief complaint (57.75%) followed by easy fatigability (13.90%). Ten patients died during hospitalization while 177 were discharged in a stable condition.
Conclusion: This study provide a baseline local data of the clinical profile of patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathies for further research and better understanding of the disease.