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Overview of Cardiomyopathy

By

Tisha Suboc

, MD, Rush University

Last full review/revision Mar 2021| Content last modified Mar 2021
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Cardiomyopathy refers to progressive impairment of the structure and function of the muscular walls of the heart chambers.

There are three main types of cardiomyopathy:

The main types of cardiomyopathy may overlap, that is, people may have features of more than one type.

Types of Cardiomyopathy

There are three main types of cardiomyopathy—dilated, hypertrophic, and restrictive.

Types of Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy can be caused by many disorders, or it may have no identifiable cause.

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