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Can cardiomyopathy from systemic sclerosis be reversed with

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Can cardiomyopathy from systemic sclerosis be reversed with IVIG? My nuclear stress test was normal, but my cardiac MRI showed scar tissue in the left ventricle. I have EKG changes now (prolonged QT interval, nonspecific T wave abnormalities). My pulmonologist suspects I have exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension. Echocardiograms this year measured the pressure at 39 (the pressure that goes with PH). I am frequently short of breath, my respiratory muscles continue to weaken, and now I have vocal cord stiffness. My hope is that IVIG treatment will reverse these changes. I want my old life back!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry to hear about your problem.

Unfortunately IVIGs have not been proven to help with systemic sclerosis induced cardiomyopathy.

Nothing, as yet, has been proven to help with systemic sclerosis induced heart disease.

Our aim is to use medications like calcium channel blockers etc to help with the symptoms and help reduce progression.

There is nothing that can help reverse things unfortunately.

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