The medical information that follows provides a basic overview of cardiomyopathy and is not meant to be conclusive in its medical content. For more detailed information on a specific cardiomyopathy, please check the listed medical sites or, better yet, consult with your physician. Cardiomyopathy is a highly variable disease and a thorough medical examination is recommended for a proper diagnosis and prognosis.
When your child is first diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, there is a large amount of new information to absorb and the experience can be isolating. Most of the available sources will write specifically about the more common, adult forms of the disease, which may or may not apply to your child's condition. In some pediatric cases, the causes, symptoms and disease progression may be quite different from adults diagnosed with the same disorder.