Unlike heart disease due to heart attacks, where there is a problem with adequate blood flow to the heart, cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle itself.

There are many causes of cardiomyopathy, which may include coronary artery disease and heart valve disease.

Cardiomyopathy occurs in three major types--dilated, hypertrophic and restrictive--all of which affect your heart's ability to pump blood and deliver it to the rest of your body.

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