restrictive cardiomyopathymedical dictionary

<cardiology, pathology> A group of disorders which affect the heart muscle resulting in the ineffective pumping of blood.

Examples include amyloidosis, Loeffler's syndrome, sarcoidosis, haemochromatosis, scleroderma and carcinoid syndrome. Complications include arrhythmias and progressive heart failure.

Origin: Gr. Pathos = disease

(27 Sep 1997)