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Diseases of the Muscle

Disease involving the heart muscle is called "cardiomyopathy."  Cardiomyopathy is a serious disease in which the heart muscle becomes inflamed and doesn't work as well as it should, resulting in a decreased ability of the heart to pump efficiently. 

Cardiomyopathies have a wide variety of causes including viral infections and excessive alcohol intake.  Research suggests that strenuous exercise during a viral infection such as a cold should be avoided because the risk of cardiomyopathy increases in this situation.  The major treatments for congestive heart failure caused by cardiomyopathy include medications and heart transplantation.