Jargon Buster - Definition of Cardiomyopathy

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Cardiomyopathy

is a medical conditions which refers to disease/deterioration of the myocardium (heart muscle).

There are four major types of cardiomyopathy:

  • Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy (ARVC)
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy (RCM)


By having problems with the heart muscle, there is an increased risk of abnormal heart rhythms, palpitations and heart attacks. Many people live with cardiomyopathy and do not suffer too many problems, however others have serious complications and require treatment and medical attention.


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