Understand Your Risk for Cardiomyopathy

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Cardiomyopathy can affect all ages and races, but certain types of the disease are more common in certain groups.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is more common in African-Americans than in Caucasians. It is also more prevalent 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. Among the major risk factors are:

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(link opens in new window).