Heart Health: What Is Cardiomyopathy?

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(KPLR) – Dr. John Kilgore is the Medical Director of SSM Heart Institute. He stopped by to talk with Christine Buck about heart health.

Whenever someone famous is dealing with heart issues it's an opportunity to discuss the importance of taking care of yourself and making sure you take heart health seriously.

Randy Travis has something called viral cardiomyopathy. It is typically something that occurs over time and is can be silent or have very few symptoms. This is the same thing that affected actor James Gandolfini.

Causes can include, high blood pressure, heart valve problems, tissue damage and excessive alcohol use over many years .

Find out more: http://www.ssmhealth.com/heart

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