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Cardiomyopathies: Pathology and Infectious Immune Mechanisms

  • E. G. J. Olsen


Much confusion of defining and classifying cardiomyopathies has existed in the past. As a result of the work by the Task Force set up by the World Health Organization and the International Society and Federation of Cardiology1, this has been clarified. Cardiomyopathies are now defined as “heart muscle diseases of unknown cause” and classified into three major types: dilated, hypertrophic and restrictive. For each type characteristic morphologic features exist.


Dilate Cardiomyopathy Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Rheumatic Heart Disease Restrictive Cardiomyopathy Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy 
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  • E. G. J. Olsen
    • 1
  1. 1.National Heart HospitalLondon W.1.UK

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