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Inherited cardiomyopathies

Carey Edwards and Sanjay Sharma

in Chronic Heart Failure

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199542338
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199542338.003.0008

Series: Oxford Cardiology Library

Inherited cardiomyopathies

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• Inherited cardiomyopathies are a diverse group of genetically determined diseases of the heart muscle that may lead to heart failure or sudden cardiac death. • Awareness of inherited cardiomyopathies enables early diagnosis, appropriate risk stratification and prevention of sudden death in young individuals and their relatives. • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common cardiomyopathy affecting one in 500 people and exhibits marked heterogeneity in terms of its natural history, clinical presentation and cardiac morphology. • Arrhythmogenic right-ventricular cardiomyopathy is a relatively novel inherited cardiomyopathy and is the leading cause of sudden death during sport in young athletes in Italy. • The diagnosis of arrhythmogenic right-ventricular cardiomyopathy can be challenging as many individuals are asymptomatic or express minimal symptoms and the diagnosis relies on several electrocardiographic and cardiac imaging modalities.

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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