Understand Your Risk for Cardiomyopathy

Updated:Sep 19,2012

Family Portrait on Couch People of all ages and races can have cardiomyopathy. However, certain types of the disease are more common in certain groups.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is more common in African-Americans than in whites. This type of the disease also is more common in men than in women.

Teens and young adults are more likely than older people to have arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, although it's rare in both groups.

Major Risk Factors
Certain diseases, conditions or factors can raise your risk for cardiomyopathy. Major risk factors include:

Some people who have cardiomyopathy never have signs or symptoms. Thus, it's important to identify people who may be at high risk for the disease. This can help prevent future problems, such as serious arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) or SCA.

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Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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