Cardiomyopathy

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Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy refers to group of conditions affecting the heart muscle, which cause the heart to become enlarged, thick and/or rigid. There are many different causes for cardiomyopathy including certain infections, exposure to toxic chemicals, and autoimmune conditions, where the body’s defense system actually attacks itself. As cardiomyopathy worsens, the heart muscle becomes weaker and is less able to pump blood through the body and maintain its rhythm. This can lead to heart failure, a condition where the heart tires out. Some may experience no symptoms and need no treatment, while, for others, cardiomyopathy may develop quickly with severe symptoms and serious complications. Typical symptoms of cardiomyopathy include breathlessness, swelling of the legs, bloating, cough, fatigue, dizziness and irregular heartbeats. A physician can diagnose cardiomyopathy using imaging tests, stress tests, blood tests or biopsy, where a needle is used to take out heart tissue to look at under a microscope. Treatment varies by type of cardiomyopathy, but commonly medications are used to manage symptoms. If the heart is badly damaged, certain more invasive procedures and surgeries may be needed to repair or replace the heart.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Cardiomyopathy" for support, advocacy or research.

Barth Syndrome Foundation

Our mission is saving lives through education, advances in treatment, and finding a cure for Barth syndrome.

Last Updated: 12 Apr 2014

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Cardiomyopathy Association

The Cardiomyopathy Association is a charity that provides information and support to families affected by the heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy. The charity helps families through cardiomyopathy support nurses, information days, support groups and a network of affected volunteers who provide support to others by telephone and email. It also has an extensive website (www.cardiomyopathy.org) with details about the condition, treatments, living with the disease, and latest research.

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2013

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Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation

Our mission is to accelerate the search for a cure by stimulating and supporting promising research on pediatric cardiomyopathy, by educating and assisting physicians and patients on the complexities of the disease, and by increasing awareness and advocacy on behalf of affected children and their families.

Last Updated: 20 May 2014

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Cardiomyopathy" for support, advocacy or research.

Barth Syndrome Foundation

Our mission is saving lives through education, advances in treatment, and finding a cure for Barth syndrome.

http://www.barthsyndrome.org

Last Updated: 12 Apr 2014

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Cardiomyopathy Association

The Cardiomyopathy Association is a charity that provides information and support to families affected by the heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy. The charity helps families through cardiomyopathy support nurses, information days, support groups and a network of affected volunteers who provide support to others by telephone and email. It also has an extensive website (www.cardiomyopathy.org) with details about the condition, treatments, living with the disease, and latest research.

http://www.cardiomyopathy.org

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2013

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Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation

Our mission is to accelerate the search for a cure by stimulating and supporting promising research on pediatric cardiomyopathy, by educating and assisting physicians and patients on the complexities of the disease, and by increasing awareness and advocacy on behalf of affected children and their families.

http://www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org

Last Updated: 20 May 2014

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General Resources

CCF General Brochure

This brochure is an introduction to the Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation, including a brief history of the organization and descriptions of the foundation's work.

Updated 18 Oct 2012

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CCF Educational Materials

A link to the various educational materials CCF offers for families and professionals.

Updated 18 Oct 2012

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CCF Patient Resource Overview

An overview of the patient resources CCF has to offer.

Updated 22 Oct 2012

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CCF Awarded Research Grants

A description of the types of projects CCF funds to promote scientific knowledge related to the treatment and cure of pediatric cardiomyopathy.

Updated 22 Oct 2012

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CCF Research Grant Program Overview.

CCF Research Grant Program Overview.

Updated 22 Oct 2012

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2012 Conference Program

Barth Syndrome Foundation 2012 Conference Program

Updated 2 Nov 2012

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Barth Syndrome Professional Healthcare Brochure

Important information regarding diagnosis and treatment of Barth syndrome.

Updated 12 Apr 2014

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Cardiomyopathy" returned 4668 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy: an unusual possible cause of arrhythmia in a 78 year old man with a 40 year history of palpitations.
 

Author(s): Bernard Belhassen, Sami Viskin, Galit Aviram

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Jun;16(6):385-7.

 

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2014

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Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.
 

Author(s): Guy Fontaine

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Jun;16(6):375-6.

 

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2014

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Tako-Tsubo cardiomyopathy presenting with cardiogenic shock successfully treated with milrinone: a case report.
 

Author(s): Denis Doyen, Jean Dellamonica, Pamela Moceri, Sébastien Moschietto, Hervé Hyvernat, Emile Ferrari, Gilles Bernardin

Journal: Heart Lung. ;43(4):331-3.

 

We report the case of a middle age patient presenting with Tako-Tsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) complicated by cardiogenic shock that was successfully handled with milrinone. A 64-year old man presented with cardiogenic shock after benzodiazepine and alcohol intoxication. A slight elevation ...

Last Updated: 4 Jul 2014

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The terms "Cardiomyopathy" returned 421 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Treatment of Chagas cardiomyopathy.
 

Author(s): Fernando A Botoni, Antonio Luiz P Ribeiro, Carolina Coimbra Marinho, Marcia Maria Oliveira Lima, Maria do Carmo Pereira Nunes, Manoel Otávio C Rocha

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2013 ;2013():849504.

 

Chagas' disease (ChD), caused by the protozoa Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi), was discovered and described by the Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas in 1909. After a century of original description, trypanosomiasis still brings much misery to humanity and is classified as a neglected ...

Last Updated: 18 Dec 2013

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Prooxidant mechanisms in iron overload cardiomyopathy.
 

Author(s): Ching-Feng Cheng, Wei-Shiung Lian

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2013 ;2013():740573.

 

Iron overload cardiomyopathy (IOC), defined as the presence of systolic or diastolic cardiac dysfunction secondary to increased deposition of iron, is emerging as an important cause of heart failure due to the increased incidence of this disorder seen in thalassemic patients and in ...

Last Updated: 18 Dec 2013

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Capecitabine induces both cardiomyopathy and multifocal cerebral leukoencephalopathy.
 

Author(s): Akihiro Endo, Yasuyuki Yoshida, Ryuma Nakashima, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Kazuaki Tanabe

Journal: Int Heart J. 2013 ;54(6):417-20.

 

Chemotherapy for malignant tumors has diversified, and recognizing its side effects has become more important than ever. Both cardiotoxicity and neurotoxicity are rare, but they are among the most serious side effects caused by 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Capecitabine is an orally administered ...

Last Updated: 6 Dec 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Genotype-Phenotype Associations in Pediatric Cardiomyopathy (PCM GENES)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Dilated Cardiomyopathy; Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy; Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

 

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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Effects of Continous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Non-obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy; Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

 

Last Updated: 27 Jun 2012

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Virtual LV Lead Navigation in Patients With Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cardiomyopathy; Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

 

Last Updated: 10 Dec 2013

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