Cardiology

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic heart disease that occurs in 1 in 500 people, and in some cases, you might not even be aware that you have it. People with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have an abnormal arrangement ...

Cardiology

Q&A: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

My sister was just told she has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I've heard of that causing sudden death in athletes. She says she feels fine and doesn't need treatment now, so is she at low risk? What does her diagnosis mean ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How thyroid function affects stress-related heart problems

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy—also known as stress cardiomyopathy or 'broken heart syndrome'—has only been known as a clinical condition for about 30 years. It is characterized by an acute, serious functional disorder of the ...

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Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy, which literally means "heart muscle disease," is the deterioration of the function of the myocardium (i.e., the actual heart muscle) for any reason. People with cardiomyopathy are often at risk of arrhythmia or sudden cardiac death or both. Cardiomyopathy can often go undetected, making it especially dangerous to carriers of the disease.

Although in theory the term "cardiomyopathy" could apply to almost any disease affecting the heart, in practice it is usually reserved for "severe myocardial disease leading to heart failure".

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