oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Cardiomyopathy in Rhodesia

Volume 23, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Congestive cardiomyopathy is the third commonest heart disease after hypertensive and rheumatic heart disease. Seventy-eight patients admitted over a one year period were studied. The disease was seen uniformly in age groups after 20 years � being rare below the age of 20 years. There was a female preponderance particularly in the younger age group. There was an association with alcohol, hypertension and motherhood in a high proportion of cases. Five presented with puerperal cardiomyopathy. The disease carries a high mortality rate. The clinical features were similar to those descriptionbed elsewhere. There was no case of endomyocardial fibrosis or hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.

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