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Pediatric Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy is any disease of the heart muscle in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood effectively. In some instances, heart rhythm is disturbed, leading to irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias. There may be multiple causes of cardiomyopathy, including viral infections. Sometimes, the exact cause of the muscle disease is never found.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)?

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What is restrictive cardiomyopathy?

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Children’s National Heart Center

Our expert pediatric heart team specializes in more than 40 subspecialties, offering advanced heart care and excellent outcomes for thousands of children every year.

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Providers Who Treat Cardiomyopathy

Departments that Treat Cardiomyopathy

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Cardiac Imaging

We have expertise in the full spectrum of cardiac imaging, including transesophageal, prenatal, 3-D, intracardiac, and stress echocardiography and cardiac MRI.

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Electrophysiology (Heart Rhythm Team)

Our pediatric electrophysiologists perform ablations and other procedures to correct abnormal heart rhythms, with a success rate close to 98 percent. Learn more about Cardiac Electrophysiology.

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Advanced Cardiac Therapies and Heart Transplant Program

We provide personalized care for babies and children with heart failure, including advanced VAD techniques and heart transplantation.