The cause of dilated cardiomyopathy often can't be determined (idiopathic). However, numerous factors can cause the left ventricle to dilate and weaken, including:
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- Congenital heart defects
- Infections, including those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Certain cancer medications
- Exposure to toxins, such as lead, mercury and cobalt
- Coronary artery disease or heart attack
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Complications of late-stage pregnancy
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