Definition of cardiomyopathy
: any of several structural or functional diseases of heart muscle marked especially by hypertrophy and obstructive damage to the heart
Recent Examples of cardiomyopathy from the Web
Structural heart problems (termed cardiomyopathies) are sometimes the cause of these abnormal heart rhythms.
Erik Compton, 37, of Miami, Fla., was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy at age 9 and has since had two successful heart transplants.
The cause was cardiomyopathy, said a son, Michael Cumberpatch.
Leading causes of death cited by the report are cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), hemorrhage, infection, mental health conditions, preeclampsia and eclampsia, and blood disorders.
Seven were diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM.
The Detroit native was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2007.
Darren Salter, the senior coroner for Oxfordshire County, said Mr. Michael, 53, died at his home in Goring-on-Thames of natural causes: dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.
Or the tissues of the organ itself can be weakened, as in cardiomyopathy, so that the muscle fails to pump enough blood throughout the body.
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Medical Definition of cardiomyopathy
: any structural or functional disease of heart muscle that is marked especially by enlargement of the heart, by hypertrophy of cardiac muscle, or by rigidity and loss of flexibility of the heart walls and that may be idiopathic or attributable to a specific cause (such as heart valve disease, untreated high blood pressure, or viral infection)
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