Classification of the cardiomyopathies: A position statement from the european society of cardiology working group on myocardial and pericardial diseases

Perry Elliott, Bert Andersson, Eloisa Arbustini, Zofia Bilinska, Franco Cecchi, Philippe Charron, Olivier Dubourg, Uwe Kühl, Bernhard Maisch, William J. McKenna, Lorenzo Monserrat, Sabine Pankuweit, Claudio Rapezzi, Petar Seferovic, Luigi Tavazzi, Andre Keren

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Abstract

In biology, classification systems are used to promote understanding and systematic discussion through the use of logical groups and hierarchies. In clinical medicine, similar principles are used to standardise the nomenclature of disease. For more than three decades, heart muscle diseases have been classified into primary or idiopathic myocardial diseases (cardiomyopathies) and secondary disorders that have similar morphological appearances, but which are caused by an identifiable pathology such as coronary artery disease or myocardial infiltration (specific heart muscle diseases). In this document, The European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases presents an update of the existing classification scheme. The aim is to help clinicians look beyond generic diagnostic labels in order to reach more specific diagnoses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-276
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Classification
  • Position statement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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