Heart problems have been reported in nearly all the neuromuscular disorders. They are particularly common and serious in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies; in fact, dilated cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of death among these patients.
Faculty members at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are examining how cardiac complications develop in patients with neuromuscular disorders in hopes of improving diagnosis and treatment and enhancing patient outcomes.
Muscular Dystrophy Association's Clinical Research Network
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of five centers to be part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Clinical Research Network to support trials and studies in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).