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Cardiomyopathy

Also called: Dilated cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Myocardiopathy, Restrictive cardiomyopathy

Summary

Cardiomyopathy is the name for diseases of the heart muscle. These diseases enlarge your heart muscle or make it thicker and more rigid than normal. In rare cases, scar tissue replaces the muscle tissue.

Some people live long, healthy lives with cardiomyopathy. Some people don't even realize they have it. In others, however, it can make the heart less able to pump blood through the body. This can cause serious complications, including

Heart attacks, high blood pressure, infections, and other diseases can all cause cardiomyopathy. Some types of cardiomyopathy run in families. In many people, however, the cause is unknown. Treatment might involve medicines, surgery, other medical procedures, and lifestyle changes.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Start Here

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Diagnosis and Tests

Prevention and Risk Factors

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Treatments and Therapies

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Living With

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Related Issues

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Specifics

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Genetics

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Videos and Tutorials

  • Cardiomyopathy Video (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
  • Video (BroadcastMed) - Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY, 1/04/2012

Clinical Trials

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Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Reference Desk

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  • (American Heart Association)
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Find an Expert

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Children

  • (Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation)
  • (Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation)
  • (Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation)
  • (Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation)

Women

  • (American Heart Association) - PDF

Patient Handouts

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