Congestive Cardiomyopathy in Infants and Children: Incidence, Diagnosis, and Follow-up
Cardiomyopathies have become recognized as common disorders of large distribution. By definition, cardiomyopathies are heart muscle diseases of unknown causes. They are classified into three major groups on the basis of their clinical features: congestive, hypertrophic, and restrictive. Previous classifications based on origin have little clinical value. The term “congestive cardiomyopathy” deals with a variety of cardiac disorders that have in common ventricular dilatation and reduced myocardial contractility . However, in some circumstances, congestive cardiomyopathy is not associated with congestive heart failure. Therefore, the term “dilated” seems more appropriate than the term “congestive,” although this last term is generally will accepted.
KeywordsCongestive Heart Failure Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Pericardial Effusion Myocardial Contractility Endomyocardial Biopsy
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