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- n. A disorder in which the heart muscle fails to undergo the usual compaction and remains spongy rather than solid, leading to cardiomyopathy.
Long Island University's Julian Boyd dribbles against Norfolk State on Nov. 12 in his first game back since discovering he had a heart condition known as noncompaction cardiomyopathy.
The heart with noncompaction can be dilated with decreased pumping function as in dilated cardiomyopathy (see above) or can have normal pumping function.
This is the most variable form of cardiomyopathy in that when diagnosed at a young age, children may be ill from having a poorly functioning heart, while noncompaction cardiomyopathy can also be found in older children and adults who have not developed any symptoms of abnormal heart function.
Boyd wound up at the hospital with what doctors eventually diagnosed as noncompaction cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that jeopardized the player's career.
Following a battery of tests - "there were so many I lost count," Boyd said - the diagnosis was noncompaction cardiomyopathy.
The importance of genetic counseling, DNA diagnostics, and cardiologic family screening in left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy.