Infectious diseases are the main cause of acquired dilated cardiomyopathy. This group of disorders shares in common inflammatory cell infiltrate and myocardial remodeling. As part of its pathophysiology, there is coronary microvascular dysfunction, distinct from that observed in coronary artery disease. Chagas cardiomyopathy presents several vascular characteristics that are similar to those presented in other acquired cardiomyopathies. There is convincing evidence of the microvascular involvement and the inflammatory processes that lead to endothelial activation and ischemic damage. Current therapy for the Chagas disease is limited, and it is proposed to combine it with other pharmacological strategies that modify critical physiopathological aspects beneficial for the clinical course of the Chagas cardiomyopathy.
Chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy: a therapeutic challenge and future strategies
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Roberto Docampo, Juan D. Maya, Michel Lapier, Christian Castillo, Ulrike Kemmerling, Carolina Campos-Estrada, Rodrigo López-Muñoz; Chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy: a therapeutic challenge and future strategies. Emerg Top Life Sci 22 December 2017; 1 (6): 579–584. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/ETLS20170109
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