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Cardiomyopathy is a disease that leads to an enlarged heart, making it abnormally thick and rigid, reducing its efficiency. There are four main types of cardiomyopathy: dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, restrictive cardiomyopathy and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy. Causes include heart attacks, high blood pressure, viral infections and genetic mutations, and preventatives for non-heredity occurrences include lifestyle changes, exercise and dietary alterations. Other treatments include medication, surgery, quitting smoking, herbal medicine and vitamin supplementation such as co-enzyme Q-10 and selenium.

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