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- Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy
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 It is the most common type of cardiomyopathy and typically affects those aged 20 to 60. The left ventricle of affected individuals becomes enlarged (dilated) and cannot pump blood to the body with as much force as a healthy heart can. The heart muscle also has difficulty contracting normally, which can lead to irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia), blood clots, or sudden death. Over time, the heart becomes weaker and heart failure can occur. While the cause of dilated cardiomyopathy is often unknown (idiopathic), some cases are acquired or inherited.Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle which primarily affects the heart's main pumping chamber, the left ventricle.
Last updated: 9/29/2011
- Dilated cardiomyopathy. MayClinic.com. September 2011; http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/dilated-cardiomyopathy/DS01029/METHOD=print&DSECTION=all. Accessed 9/29/2011.
- What is Cardiomyopathy?. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). January 2011; http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/cm/types.html. Accessed 9/29/2011.
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