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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One keto-specific example: Not getting enough selenium, an immune-boosting antioxidant found in plant foods, can cause cardiomyopathy, a hardening of the heart muscle leading to heart failure. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 According to The Associated Press, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg announced on Monday that Paul, whose full name was Vincent Paul Abbott, died from cardiomyopathy (or an enlarged heart) on June 22 at his Las Vegas home. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul's cause of death revealed," 27 Aug. 2018 Untreated Chagas disease can eventually progress into Chagas heart disease (or Chagas cardiomyopathy), which is what the AHA statement was primarily warning patients about. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About Chagas Disease—the Illness Spread by Kissing Bugs," 28 Aug. 2018 In very serious cases, cardiomyopathy can cause stroke or sudden death. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Disease Spread by Kissing Bug Could Become More Common in the U.S.," 21 Aug. 2018 Two papers published in the journal Nature on Wednesday raised questions about the experiment, which used the gene-editing tool Crispr to fix a potentially fatal heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Gene-Editing Technique in Human Embryos Draws Skepticism," 8 Aug. 2018 Though relatively rare, cardiomyopathy is commonly associated with athletes. Michael Mccann,, "Examining the Zeke Upshaw Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against the NBA," 1 June 2018 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

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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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