Cardiomyopathy is a serious disease in which the heart muscle becomes inflamed
and doesn't work as well as it should. There may be multiple causes
including viral infections.
Cardiomyopathy can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary cardiomyopathy
can't be attributed to a specific cause, such as high blood pressure,
heart valve disease, artery diseases or congenital heart defects. Secondary
cardiomyopathy is due to specific causes. It's often associated with
diseases involving other organs as well as the heart.
There are three main types of cardiomyopathy: dilated, hypertrophic and
For more useful information about cardiomyopathy we invite you to visit
the American Heart Association's website.