Management of cardiac involvement in neuromuscular diseases: review

Open Cardiovasc Med J. 2008;2:93-6. doi: 10.2174/1874192400802010093. Epub 2008 Oct 22.


Neuromuscular Diseases are a heterogeneous molecular, clinical and prognosis group. Progress has been achieved in the understanding and classification of these diseases.Cardiac involvement in neuromuscular diseases namely conduction disorders, ventricular dilatation and dilated cardiomyopathy with its impact on prognosis, is often dissociated from the peripheral myopathy. Therefore, close surveillance is mandatory in the affected patients. In this context, preventive therapy (beta-blockers and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors) has been recently recommended in the most common Neuromuscular Diseases, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Myotonic Dystrophy.

Keywords: Muscular dystrophy; cardiomyopathy; sudden cardiac death..