The Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry (PCMR) was established to describe the epidemiologic features and clinical course of selected cardiomyopathies in patients aged 18 years or younger and to promote the development of etiology-specific treatments. Sixty-one private and institutional pediatric cardiomyopathy practices in the United States and Canada were recruited to participate in the PCMR. The registry consists of a prospective, population- based cohort of patients in 2 regions (New England and the Central Southwestern United States) and a retrospective cohort of patients diagnosed between 1991 and 1996. Annual follow-up data are collected on all patients. As of June 1999, the PCMR consisted of 337 prospectively identified and 990 retrospectively identified patients. The PCMR has demonstrated the feasibility of establishing a large database of sociodemographic and clinical information on children with pediatric cardiomyopathy. Through this cooperative effort, the PCMR will obtain precise estimates of the incidence of pediatric cardiomyopathy and a better understanding of the natural history of this disease.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine