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Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy is the name for diseases of the heart muscle. These diseases enlarge your heart muscle or make it thicker and more rigid than normal. In rare cases, scar tissue replaces the muscle tissue.

Some people live long, healthy lives with cardiomyopathy. Some people don't even realize they have it. In others, however, it can make the heart less able to pump blood through the body. This can cause serious complications, including

  • Heart failure
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Heart valve problems
  • Sudden cardiac arrest

Heart attacks, high blood pressure, infections, and other diseases can all cause cardiomyopathy. Some types of cardiomyopathy run in families. In many people, however, the cause is unknown. Treatment might involve medicines, surgery, other medical procedures, and lifestyle changes.

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center

The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center is a global leader in using the latest techniques to prevent sudden cardiac death and heart failure.
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James E. Udelson, MD

James E. Udelson, MD

Title(s): Chief, Division of Cardiology; Director, Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8066

Cardiac imaging, heart failure

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Ayan R. Patel, MD

Ayan R. Patel, MD

Title(s): Director, Cardiovascular Imaging and Hemodynamic Laboratory; Director, Women's Heart Center; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7681

Echocardiography, heart failure, women's heart disease

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Caroline Foote, MD

Caroline Foote, MD

Title(s): Co-Director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6156

Cardiac arrhythmias

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Hassan Rastegar, MD

Hassan Rastegar, MD

Title(s): Senior Surgeon; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5594

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

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Mark S. Link, MD

Mark S. Link, MD

Title(s): Co-Director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center; Director, Center for the Evaluation of Heart Disease in Athletes; Director, Adult Heart Station; Co-Director, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5902

Electrophysiology, arrhythmias, heart disease in athletes, sudden death, ablations of supraventricular tachycardia

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Martin S. Maron, MD

Martin S. Maron, MD

Title(s): Director, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center; Co-Director, Cardiac CT and MRI; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8066

Cardiac imaging, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging

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Richard H. Karas, MD, PhD

Richard H. Karas, MD, PhD

Title(s): Chief Scientific Officer; Vice Chairman for Scientific Affairs, Department of Medicine; Executive Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute; Director, Preventive Cardiology Center; Co-Director, Women's Heart Center; Faculty, Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Program; Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professor of Molecular Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8991

General cardiology, coronary artery disease in women, preventive cardiology, lipid management

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