Oxidative stress is closely associated with the pathophysiology of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). The mitochondrial flavoenzyme monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) is an important source of oxidative stress in the myocardium. We sought to determine whether MAO-A plays a major role in modulating DCM. Diabetes was induced in Wistar rats by single intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (STZ). To investigate the role of MAO-A in the development of pathophysiological features of DCM, hyperglycemic and age-matched control rats were treated with or without the MAO-A-specific inhibitor clorgyline (CLG) at 1 mg/kg/day for 8 weeks. Diabetes upregulated MAO-A activity; elevated markers of oxidative stress such as cardiac lipid peroxidation, superoxide dismutase activity, and UCP3 protein expression; enhanced apoptotic cell death; and increased fibrosis. All these parameters were significantly attenuated by CLG treatment. In addition, treatment with CLG substantially prevented diabetes-induced cardiac contractile dysfunction as evidenced by decreased QRS, QT, and corrected QT intervals, measured by ECG, and LV systolic and LV end-diastolic pressure measured by microtip pressure transducer. These beneficial effects of CLG were seen despite the persistent hyperglycemic and hyperlipidemic environments in STZ-induced experimental diabetes. In summary, this study provides strong evidence that MAO-A is an important source of oxidative stress in the heart and that MAO-A-derived reactive oxygen species contribute to DCM.