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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According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Thomas died of hypertensive cardiomyopathy with acute chronic methamphetamine toxicity. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Death of inmate was accidental, officials say," 8 Aug. 2019 In 2013, Travis was hospitalized due to viral cardiomyopathy, a virus that attacks the heart, and then suffered a stroke. Kristin M. Hall, Twin Cities, "Randy Travis’ new memoir shares the ups and downs of the country star’s life," 3 Aug. 2019 The toddler was born with cardiomyopathy, a disease that typically causes the heart to become enlarged, thick or rigid, according to the American Heart Association. Rachel Desantis,, "Mom Whose Late Son Died in Drowning Hears His Heart in Little Girl It Saved," 4 Aug. 2019 Lola was born with a rare condition called pediatric cardiomyopathy. Sophie Sherry And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "A mother lost her son tragically, but she got to hear his heart beat again," 3 Aug. 2019 Peripartum cardiomyopathy Also called PPCM, this is a relatively rare form of heart failure that can set in between the last month of pregnancy and up to five months postpartum, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "11 Health Conditions You Should Know About If You’re Black and Pregnant," 30 July 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now The cause of death has been identified as cardio-pulmonary arrest secondary to multi-organ system failure, endocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy and respiratory failure. Hillary Leung, Time, "A 44-Year Old Mexican Man Has Died in ICE Custody in Georgia," 26 July 2019 Since 2018, the FDA has been investigating more than 500 reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy that appears to be linked to dog foods marketed as grain free. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "After FDA warning about grain-free pet food, what's safe to feed Fido and Fluffy?," 8 July 2019 Taylor Ceepo, 22, died of sudden cardiac death in association with physical exertion, pseudoephedrine use and cardiomyopathy, the medical examiner said Friday afternoon. Evan Macdonald,, "Cause of death released for woman who collapsed while running Cleveland Marathon," 26 July 2019

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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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