What Is Left Ventricular Non-Compaction Cardiomyopathy?

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What is left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy?

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Left ventricle is the lower left chamber of the heart. It contains bundles or pieces of heart muscle that extend into the chamber. When left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC) develops in a person, his heart muscle becomes a sponge-like network of muscle fibers. This disease can affect both children and adults.

As LVNC advances, the heart muscle becomes compacted and converts itself from sponge-like to smooth and solid. When compaction of the heart does not occur, the disease begins to develop.

The abnormality of the heart muscle usually occurs at the bottom of the heart – apex, but it can be noticed in the whole left ventricle. People with this condition can have another heart muscle disorder at the same time, such as dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or restrictive cardiomyopathy.

 

Keywords: left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy; left ventricular cardiomyopathy

 

 

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