car·dio·my·op·a·thy | \ˈkär-dē-ō-(ˌ)mī-ˈä-pə-thē \
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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The government agency is investigating a potential link between pet foods with peas, lentils, potatoes and other legume seeds and instances of canine dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs not typically vulnerable to the disease. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Dog Heart Disease May Be Linked to Potato-Based Pet Food, FDA Says," 13 July 2018 Of great concern to health care professionals in sports, a heart afflicted by cardiomyopathy can experience sudden cardiac arrest during strenuous exercise. Michael Mccann,, "Examining the Zeke Upshaw Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against the NBA," 1 June 2018 The news was especially jarring because six years earlier, Welch had been diagnosed with the same condition: dilated cardiomyopathy, better known as an enlarged heart. Ken Alltucker, azcentral, "Gilbert mom, baby connected by unbreakable bond of dual heart transplants," 14 Mar. 2018 Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical Center diagnosed her with postpartum cardiomyopathy, a rare form of heart failure that occurs during the last months of pregnancy or the months after birth. Brittany Britto,, "Bel Air resident celebrates 33 years — half her life — since heart transplant at Hopkins," 29 May 2018 Furthermore, 99 percent wanted to know about medically actionable conditions that put them at risk for conditions like breast or colon cancer or a heart muscle condition like cardiomyopathy. Carolyn Sue Richards, Smithsonian, "Most Parents Want to Test Their Unborn Kids’ Genes For Disease Risk," 25 May 2018 Giancarlo has restrictive cardiomyopathy, a rare form of heart muscle disease. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "What it's like to wait for organ transplants: Three Hoosiers talk about life in limbo," 24 May 2018 The baby girl has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Naples Daily News reported, which is a disease where the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, making it harder for the heart to pump blood, according to the Mayo Clinic. Caitlin Keating,, "Five-Month-Old Baby Girl Receives a 'Perfect Heart' in Life-Saving Transplant," 23 May 2018 After Reyes went to the doctor, his failure to respond to medications challenged physicians for several weeks until he was diagnosed in December with left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Man who helped save Dickinson theater during Harvey needs heart transplant," 25 Mar. 2018

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car·dio·my·op·a·thy | \ˈkärd-ē-ō-(ˌ)mī-ˈäp-ə-thē \
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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