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.
A Glossary of Heart Disease Terms
WebMD provides an A to Z glossary of terms and definitions related to heart disesae.
How to Handle Heart Emergencies
Sudden cardiac death is responsible for most ''natural deaths'' in the U.S. Learn more from WebMD about what to do if someone near you has a heart emergency.
Finding Spiritual Strength When Caring for a Heart Disease Patient
Caring for someone with heart disease can be very stressful. Here are tips for keeping spirituality a part of your life and that of your loved one.
Common Heart Disease Drugs
Learn about the various medications used to treat heart disease, from ACE inhibitors to beta-blockers to potassium.