What are Inherited Cardiomyopathies?

Inherited Cardiomyopathies 

Cardiomyopathy refers to a group of heart (cardio) muscle (myo) conditions (pathy) that make it harder for your heart to pump blood through your body. There are several types of cardiomyopathies. Depending on which type of cardiomyopathy you have, the impact on your heart muscle may be different. 

When a cardiomyopathy is described as “inherited”, this refers to when cardiomyopathy has been passed down in a family from parent to child, and is caused by a person’s genetics. 

Types of Inherited Cardiomyopathies:

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

Left Ventricular Non-Compaction

Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy

We have more to learn…

Since each of these cardiomyopathies was first described, we have learned a lot about these conditions.

However, there is still lots to learn about the genetic basis of inherited cardiomyopathies; what the impact is on a person’s day-to-day life and how to best manage and treat these conditions.

A comprehensive way to answer these questions is through cohort research studies. A cohort study aims to collect different types of information about a group of people with the same type of conditions.

Image is of a hospital heart rate monitor