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Connecting enterovirus infection to dystrophin dysfunction in dilated cardiomyopathy

Authors: Qiongling Wang, Xander H. T. Wehrens


Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the most common type of cardiomyopathy characterized by dilation of the left ventricle (1). DCM can be caused by various etiologies including genetic variants, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, drug and alcohol abuse, and infections. Progressive dilatation of the left ventricle can lead to heart failure and sudden arrhythmogenic cardiac death, both leading causes of cardiovascular mortality in the US and Europe (2).


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