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Welcome to the cardiomyopathy page. On this page we provide a definition, sample heart sounds and links to the training lessons available on this site.
Cardiomyopathy is a diminished effectiveness of the heart muscle (myocardium).
Cardiomyopathy diagnostic methods include EKG, chest x-ray, MRI, echocardiogram, blood tests and auscultation (see below).
This is auscultation of cardiomyopathy taken at the apex. Note that S1 is softer than normal due to decreased LV contractility. S2 is normal at the Apex. An S3 is present due to left ventricular failure. A rectangular, medium-pitched murmur of mild mitral insufficiency is due to a dilated mitral valve annulus.
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