Cardiomyopathy | Diagnosis & Tests


How is cardiomyopathy diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask about your personal and family medical history. It is important to tell your doctor if someone in your family has cardiomyopathy or another form of heart disease. Some of these conditions can run in families. Your doctor may do tests to see if you are at risk.

Your doctor will also examine you. He or she may do some tests on your heart and blood.


Cardiomyopathy: An Overview by Randy Wexler, MD, MPH; Terry Elton, PhD; Adam Pleister, MD; and David Feldman, MD, PhD (American Family Physician May 01, 2009,

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09