from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disease or disorder of the heart muscle, especially of unknown or obscure cause.
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- n. The deterioration of the myocardium.
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- n. a disorder (usually of unknown origin) of the heart muscle (myocardium)
Many benefit from consultation with a specialist in cardiomyopathy and may be referred to other specialists in metabolism, genetics, and or neurology, if an inherited or systemic disorder related to cardiomyopathy is suspected.
If a genetic cause of cardiomyopathy is suspected, it is important for other close family members (parents, siblings, children) to have their hearts checked by a cardiologist, to ensure that they do not have the same or a related heart condition (even if they do not have any symptoms of heart problems).
Dilated cardiomyopathy is the most common type in both adults and children.
Noncompaction cardiomyopathy is characterized by a spongy appearance of the heart muscle on echocardiography.
A cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle (myocardium).
Sometimes the cardiomyopathy is inherited (passed down through families because of a genetic difference).
This type of cardiomyopathy is relatively rare in infants and children, but more common in adolescents.
Restrictive cardiomyopathy is the rarest type of cardiomyopathy in children.
Echocardiography found typical features of early recipient twin cardiomyopathy, with thickening and decreased contractility of the wall of the right ventricle and abnormal function (regurgitation) of the tricuspid valve connecting the right atrium to the right ventricle.
Some families have many members, across many generations, with this type of cardiomyopathy, which is known as familial dilated cardiomyopathy.
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