Cardiomyopathy, or heart muscle disease, is a type of progressive heart disease in which the heart is abnormally enlarged, thickened, and/or stiffened. As a result, the heart's ability to pump blood is weakened, often causing heart failure and the backup of blood into the lungs or rest of the body. There are three main types of cardiomyopathy - dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and restrictive cardiomyopathy. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage of what cardiomyopathy looks like, how it develops, how it is treated, and much more.
High Blood Pressure and Hypertensive Heart Disease
WebMD explains hypertensive heart disease -- the number one cause of death associated with high blood pressure.
Heart Disease and Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
A rare condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy affects the heart and how it can be treated. Here’s what you need to know.
Heart Disease and Cardiomyopathy
WebMD looks at the main types of cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle.
Using Beta-Blockers to Treat Heart Failure
Beta-blockers are drugs that improve the heart's ability to relax. Learn how this medication is used to treat heart failure.