Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Science fair, steam fair, innovation day, whatever you want to call it.

On Thursday, March fifth, 2020 we had innovation day.

My type of project informative, My project was on Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

What is Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that affects the hearts the heart’s left and right ventricles, upper and lower chambers and the atria. This disease is most common for people ages 60 and up but there are some people much younger who have it too. Most of the time the disease starts in the left ventricle which is the heart’s main pumping chamber.

When the chambers grow the heart muscles don’t contract properly and have a hard time pumping blood. If the heart continues to get weaker heart failure can occur. Some symptoms of heart failure are as follows: shortness of breath, tiredness, swelling around the ankle, legs and veins in the neck.

How does Dilated Cardiomyopathy work

  1. Genetic disorder or virus 
  2. The virus destroys muscle lining surrounding the heart that helps it pump
  3. The weak heart is trying to get rid of all the water but salt retains the water
  4.  Too hard for the heart to pump so much water because the muscle is too weak
  5.  The blood does not have enough momentum to travel far enough and get to the organs because the heart can not squeeze hard enough
  6.  The heart has to pump extra blood very fast to push all the blood that can not get to the organs, to the organs which causes the heart muscle to enlarge, thin out and weaken

Is there a cure for Dilated Cardiomyopathy

The short answer is no, but there are many different kinds of medication that the doctors can prescribe that help with the disease. There is something that was put into some people’s heart that looks like this.





It is a little machine that tracks patterns in the heart. Doctors say that 2 weeks before heart failure, there are patterns in the heart’s beating that are unusual. Because the machine tracks the patterns it tells the doctors about those patterns every day. Every morning, those people lay down on a wifi and Bluetooth enabled pillow and press some buttons to connect the pillow with the machine. It then sends the information to the doctors so that they can change their medication to try and prevent heart failure.


The questions on my feedback survey were:


What did you like about my project?

What did you learn from my presentation?

Was my board eye-catching?

On a scale from 1-10, how informative was my presentation?


A summary of the responses from my survey:

ow informative my presentation was and how much I knew.

They also liked my games

They learned about the heart and Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

Most people said that my board was eye-catching.

11% of people said that my board was kind of eye-catching.

How informative was my presentation out of 10:

58.3% said 10/10

25% said 9/10

16.7% said 8/10

Thank you for listening to my presentation

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