What Are the Differences Between Cardiomyopathy in Children and in Adults?

Q:

Can children have cardiomyopathy? What are the differences between cardiomyopathy in children and that in adults?

A:

Cardiomyopathy in children is known as pediatric cardiomyopathy. Compared with the incidence of adults, that of children is low, with about 1,000 to 5,000 new cases diagnosed every year.

Due to a lack of studies, the causes of pediatric cardiomyopathy are not well understood. But we know that the potential causes of the disease in infants and children are different from those that occur in adolescents and adults. Genetic factors play a key role in pediatric cardiomyopathy, while risk factors for adults lie in lifestyle and environment factors.

Pediatric cardiomyopathy may also present differently from that in adults. Usually the symptoms do not appear at a young age. They become noticeable in the patient’s late teens or adult years. Even the disease is caused by a muted gene and the patient has been carrying it since his birth, his heart may be normal throughout his childhood and the disease does not cause signs until in his teens.

 

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