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New classification system for cardiomyopathy
Date:12/3/2013

re has been a substantial increase in the knowledge of the genetic basis of cardiomyopathy. To date, more than 60 genes have been identified and linked to cardiomyopathy while genetic testing has helped characterize the various types of cardiomyopathies in patients.

"Increased family screening and monitoring has revealed that cardiomyopathies serve a long preclinical existence before symptoms or clinical presentation of the disease surfaces," says Dr. Valentin Fuster, the Editor-in-Chief elect of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), who also serves as Director of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Jose and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "Our new MOGE(S) system was inspired by the universally accepted TNM staging system for malignant tumors which allows for a common language and code to be used across the oncology community."

The authors note, as new scientific discoveries about cardiomyopathies evolve, so will in parallel the alphabetical components of the MOGE(S) classification system.

"We have made the MOGE(S) classification quite flexible and expandable. We hope classification, quite like the TNM staging will be continuously updated to include future advances, will help contribute to the better management of heart muscle diseases, and will allow better communication with a common language among the scientists working in the field of cardiomyopathic disorders," says Dr. Narula.


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Contact: Lauren Woods
lauren.woods@mountsinai.org
212-241-2836
The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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