Cardiac involvement in muscular dystrophies

QJM. 2008 May;101(5):337-44. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcm124. Epub 2008 Jan 31.


The muscular dystrophies are a heterogeneous group of conditions with a variable distribution and prognosis. Cardiac complications are common and may significantly alter both quality and quantity of life. Whilst complications are disease specific, many patients will require long-term cardiology follow-up looking for the development of a cardiomyopathic process or conduction problems. Improvements in diagnostic techniques now allow mutation-specific diagnosis to be made in some patients so adequate counselling, management and screening can be put in place for individuals and their families.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age of Onset
  • Heart Diseases / etiology*
  • Heart Diseases / prevention & control
  • Heterozygote
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscular Dystrophies / classification
  • Muscular Dystrophies / complications*
  • Muscular Dystrophies / genetics