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Cardiomyopathy (Part II): When the Heart Muscle is Sick

Cardiomyopathy (Part II): When the Heart Muscle is Sick

Last time we discussed what a cardiomyopathy is, including the three categories of dilated, hypertrophic and restrictive. We then focused on types of dilated cardiomyopathies, along with some discussion about their treatment.  Today I’ll continue our review of cardiomyopathies by focusing on hypertrophic. Whereas a dilated cardiomyopathy is defined by the heart chamber being enlarged, a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is defined by…

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Cardiomyopathy: When the Heart Muscle is Sick

Cardiomyopathy: When the Heart Muscle is Sick

A few weeks ago, I devoted a couple blogs to the subject of CHF (congestive heart failure). At the time, I discussed the differences between heart failure from systolic dysfunction (problems with the heart contracting/pumping) and that caused by diastolic dysfunction (problems during the relaxation phase of the cardiac cycle). These are clinical syndromes and are brought on by a variety of…

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