What Is Cardiomyopathy?

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What is cardiomyopathy?

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Cardiomyopathy is also known as heart muscle disease. It is a type of progressive heart disease. If a person has the disease, his heart may be abnormally enlarged, thickened and stiffened. Therefore, the functioning of his heart is affected. The disease can weaken the heart’s ability to pump blood, consequently causing heart failure and the backup of blood into the lungs or the rest parts of the body.

There are types of cardiomyopathy. They are hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, restrictive cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, and takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The former three are the main types. Treatment for the disease depends on the type and the degree of symptoms.

 

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