car·​dio·​my·​op·​a·​thy | \ ˈkär-dē-ō-(ˌ)mī-ˈä-pə-thē How to pronounce cardiomyopathy (audio) \
plural cardiomyopathies

Definition of cardiomyopathy

: any of several structural or functional diseases of heart muscle marked especially by hypertrophy and obstructive damage to the heart

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Recent Examples on the Web The condition was first described in Japanese medical literature in 1990 as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, Richard Stein, MD, a cardiologist and professor at the New York University School of Medicine, previously told Health. Leah Groth,, "'Broken Heart Syndrome' Has Increased During COVID-19 Pandemic, New Study Says," 13 July 2020 The causes of the condition, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, are not fully understood. Betty Lin-fisher, USA TODAY, "Stress from coronavirus pandemic can lead to 'broken heart syndrome,' study finds," 9 July 2020 Patients with coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy or heart failure may be particularly vulnerable to severe COVID-19 outcomes. USA Today, "Coronavirus, diabetes, obesity and other underlying conditions: Which patients are most at risk?," 15 Apr. 2020 Separate research by the Mayo Clinic finds an explanation for why COVID-19 patients who also have a type of heart disease called obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy tend to do worse than other COVID-19 patients. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Loss of smell marks milder cases of COVID-19; heart disease signals more severe cases," 28 Apr. 2020 Then came the diagnosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "As the country moves to reopen, Americans weigh necessity, fear and longing," 24 Apr. 2020 The man, who had a different type of cardiomyopathy, met one of the technology’s co-creators, Yoshiki Sawa, a surgeon at Osaka University in Japan. David Cyranoski, Scientific American, "Stem Cells 2 Go," 14 Nov. 2019 His wife, Patricia Sovern, said the cause was amyloid cardiomyopathy, in which clumps of protein build up in heart tissue. Richard Sandomir,, "Michael I. Sovern, who led Columbia in eventful era," 24 Jan. 2020 His wife, Patricia Sovern, said the cause was amyloid cardiomyopathy, in which clumps of protein build up in the heart tissue. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Michael I. Sovern, Who Led Columbia in Eventful Era, Dies at 88," 22 Jan. 2020

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“Cardiomyopathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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car·​dio·​my·​op·​a·​thy | \ ˈkärd-ē-ō-(ˌ)mī-ˈäp-ə-thē How to pronounce cardiomyopathy (audio) \
plural cardiomyopathies

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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