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Date: July 2009


A definite diagnosis by a Consultant Cardiologist of cardiomyopathy resulting in permanently impaired ventricular function such that the ejection fraction is 40% or less for at least 6 months when stabilised on therapy advised by the Consultant.

The diagnosis must also be evidenced by:

  • electrocardiographic changes; and
  • echocardiographic abnormalities.

The evidence must be consistent with the diagnosis of cardiomyopathy.

For the above definition, the following are not covered:

  • all other forms of heart disease and/or heart enlargement;
  • myocarditis: and
  • cardiomyopathy related to alcohol or drug abuse.

No change since April 2007


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