Heart Disease and Cardiomyopathy

Medically Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on May 28, 2020

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 muscle's ability to pump blood is less efficient, often causing heart failure and the backup of blood into the lungs or rest of the body. The disease can also cause abnormal heart rhythms.

There are three main types of cardiomyopathy:



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National Institutes of Health website: ''What Is Cardiomyopathy?''

Cleveland Clinic website: "What is Ischemic Cardiomyopathy?"

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