Cardiomyopathy refers to a group of diseases that affect the heart muscle (myocardium) and that prevent the heart from functioning normally. There are many types of cardiomyopathy. The most frequent are:
Some of the more rare diseases include:
In the United States, cardiomyopathy is responsible for approximately 10,000 deaths per year and over 46,000 hospital admissions. It is also the main reason for transplantation.