– Obesity. – Diabetes. – Age – your risk increases as you get older. – Having close relatives like a parent or sibling who have endometrial cancer or colorectal cancer.

Symptoms There may be no warning signs in early stages Shortness of breath with exertion Swollen feet, ankles and leg – Tiredness and fatigue.

– Difficulty lying flat: needing to prop your head on pillows or waking up gasping for air. – Dizziness and lightheadedness. – Heart palpitations.

– Chest pain. – Fainting or syncope. – High blood pressure. This most often occurs in adults ages 20 to 60, according to the American Heart Association

Heart attack, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes are among top causes. In some cases, the condition runs in families

In dilated cardiomyopathy, the heart is weakened as the lower left ventricle – the primary pumping chamber – becomes stretched and thin, and eventually enlarged.

As the problem spreads throughout the heart, it loses the ability to pump properly Heart failure, heart valve problems, abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias and blood clot formation are possible complications.

Heart failure, heart valve problems, abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias and blood clot formation are possible complications.