First of all, I would like to reassure anyone who might be wondering that the title of today’s post is not an announcement that Superkid has added cardiomyopathy to her list of health concerns. Thank goodness. Sorry if I caused any concern! But cardiomyopathy is an important term to know, because it is currently the leading cause for pediatric heart transplants. Here’s a definition of cardiomyopathy, provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital:
Cardiomyopathies are diseases of the heart muscle, also known as the myocardium, in which the actual muscle cells and surrounding tissues are sick.
Cardiomyopathies can be primary, meaning the sickness predominantly involves the heart. They can also be secondary, meaning the sickness is a result of another disease or toxin and may also affect many organ systems within the body, including the heart. Patients with cardiomyopathy will most commonly have a heart with normal anatomy.
If you’d like to learn more about cardiomyopathy, and especially if you’d like an opportunity to ask experienced medical professionals questions about it, then you are invited to come along with me today to partcipate in a LIVE CHAT session with a cardiologist from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The chat begins at 7 P.M. EST, and there are still spots available. You can RSVP HERE. Cincinnati Children’s is consistently rated among the top 10 for heart care in the U.S., so it’s impressive that we heart families have the opportunity to pick the brains of some of the world’s best during this chat session.