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INTRODUCTION

Cardiomyopathies are primary diseases of heart muscle. Table 124-1 summarizes distinguishing presenting features of the three major types of cardiomyopathy. Table 124-2 details the comprehensive initial evaluation of suspected cardiomyopathies.

TABLE 124-1PRESENTATION WITH SYMPTOMATIC CARDIOMYOPATHY
TABLE 124-2INITIAL EVALUATION OF CARDIOMYOPATHY

DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY (CMP)

Symmetrically dilated left ventricle (LV), with poor systolic contractile function; ...

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