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In what way are cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease similar?

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Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatric Cardiology 38 years experience
Limited similarity: Cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease are similar in that both are heart diseases. There are many types of cardiomyopathy and there are dozens of forms of congenital heart disease. Cardiomyopathy is heart muscle disease, due either to a molecular problem in the heart or to secondary damage from another disease. Congenital heart disease is a problem of heart development, present at birth.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me more about cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease?

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Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatric Cardiology 38 years experience
Mixed: Cardiomyopathy means heart muscle disease. There are multiple causes. Some causes are abnormal proteins caused by a gene defect. Congenital heart disease conventionally refers to an abnormality that is present at birth in the structure of the heart or blood vessels in the chest. Severity and impact varies from trivial to fatal. Some congenital heart diseases can develop features of cardiomyopathy.

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