About the book
Cardiomyopathies and heart failure place a considerable burden both on the individuals affected and upon health care systems. Knowledge about the underlying causes of cardiomyopathies as well as diagnostic and therapeutic tools is improving. For heart failure with reduced ejection fraction implementation of this knowledge is lagging behind while for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction satisfactory treatment options are still lacking. Cardiomyopathies are a heterogeneous group of diseases with different aetiology, pathophysiology, and prognosis with unique diagnostic and therapeutic considerations to be considered. This ranges from heart failure in the elderly due to ischemia or risk factors such as hypertension, to sudden cardiac death in the young due to an inherited cardiomyopathy.
This book aims to describe varying types of cardiomyopathies with a broad scope, individual chapters might focus more upon a specific aspect of a certain cardiomyopathy. Potential readers consist of medical professionals, researchers, students, but also patients or their relatives.