* Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle.
* It affects people of all ages and can be inherited or acquired
* It is not curable but can usually be treated successfully with medication and/or an internal device.
* There are four main types of cardiomyopathy.
* Hypertrophic which is mostly inherited, affects 1 in 500 people. There are no official figures for the other forms of the condition.