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