Familial Cardiomyopathy

Our Approach to Treatment

Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center heart failure specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with familial cardiomyopathy, as well as in the screening of those patients’ relatives for the condition. Family history and genetic testing help our cardiologists recognize the presence of familial cardiomyopathy, a genetic form of heart disease. Advanced technology such as cardiac MRI can exclude other heart disorders that may exhibit similar symptoms.

Our physician-scientists also lead the nation in researching familial cardiomyopathy to help doctors worldwide better diagnose it in its early stages and save more lives. Houston Methodist is part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to identify more genes that may cause the condition. We also are researching whether there is a connection to the immune system and genetic paths.

Familial cardiomyopathy results in a weakened and enlarged heart because of a genetic disorder, not coronary artery disease

Gene mutation

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pains or palpitations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting




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