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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Overview)

A condition in which the middle wall of the heart becomes thickened, which can disrupt the flow of blood.


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Is hcm (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) hereditary?

Is hcm (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) hereditary?

Yes: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is frequently inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern meaning that an affected individual has a 50:50 chance of passing the condition to their children. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Overview)

A condition in which the middle wall of the heart becomes thickened, which can disrupt the flow of blood.


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Can you tell me the medical definition of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy ?

Can you tell me the medical definition of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy ?

Defined.: Most often the portion of the heart between the right and left ventricles (septum) is thickened. This narrows the region below the aortic valve and causes a portion of mitral valve to be sucked into this area during ventricular ejection (emptying). As a result there is narrowing of outflow leading to obsruction. ...Read more

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Is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy serious?

Is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy serious?

Yes: Among young individuals, it is one of the leading causes of sudden death. A complete assessment by a cardiologist familiar with the condition can identify and recommend treatemtnto reduce the risk of sudden death. ...Read more

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How does having a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affect a child's development, will they be small for his age?

It depends: Genetic syndromes like noonan's and what used to be called leopard are associated with hcm and small size but they have other physical characteristics that are clues for the pediatric cardiologist or pediatrician to refer to a geneticist. If these are not present, my local pediatric cardiologists tell me the kids can grow normally with proper care. Ask your child's doctors if you're concerned. ...Read more

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Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy uncurable?

Probably not: If the diagnosis is correct, all forms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy aren't curable in the sense that it will just get better and go away. However, apical hcm tends to have a much better overall prognosis and fewer symptoms, with a long life expectancy. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in an otherwise normal person?

Cardiomyopathy: The symptoms can vary and may include, but not be limiyed to, shortness of breath, passing out, feeling lightheaded, rapid heart beat, heart arrhythmia, sleeping with more pillows, and feeling weak or fatigued. Some patient may have minimal or no symptoms if young and otherwise healthy, but the symptoms may progress over time. ...Read more

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What is hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Heart disease: Obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic disorder that is one of the leading causes of sudden cardiac death in young people, particularly athletes. It is quite rare, but can be devastating in its ability to produce fatal arrhythmias. It is also a serious cause of heart failure due to decreased blood flow through the aortic valve to due obstruction of flow by the ventricular septum. ...Read more

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What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

IT IS A DISEASE OF: Your heart musclein which a part of the heart muscle is thickened or hypertrophied without any obvious cause. It is better known for causing silent, sudden cardiac death in otherwise healthy young people and athletes. Younger people are likely to have a more severe form of hcm. It is frequently free of symptoms until sudden cardiac death, and for this reason some suggest screening these youngsters. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (heart disease)?

Hypertrophic cardiom: The symptoms of a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can vary from shortness of breath to chest discomfort to syncope or fainting. If you have a family history of this or sudden cardiac death at a young age, then you should see a cardiologist. If you are concerned, start with your primary physician and if there are any abnormal findings then see a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Could dilated cardiomyopathy called apical cardiomyopathy?

Different: Typically, when the modifier "apical" is added to cardiomyopathy, it refers to a type of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Generally, dilated cardiomopathy is thought of as a distinct and separate class of diseases from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy reverse itself in children?

No: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease caused by an abnormal gene, typically in one of the genes that codes for the contractile proteins of the heart. At the current time, there are no therapies that can make abnormal genes "reverse" and become normal. Having said that, there are best practices for hcm, even in childhood and best care can result in prolonged life and good long-term outcomes. ...Read more

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What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (hcm)?

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (hcm)?

HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a rare condition of the actual muscle of the heart becoming so large and thick as to obstruct outgoing blood flow. Because outgoing flow is reduced the heart must work even harder to pump blood to supply oxygen to the body. It is notable because patients are usually asymptomatic but can initially present with sudden collapse or even death. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol safe with one diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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Alcohol/Cardiomyopat: Definitely not. Consult your cardiologist if in doubt. ...Read more

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Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy an incurable disease?

Yes: Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy whereby the thickening is localized at the tip of the left ventricle. Some are due to mutations of genes that encodes the heart muscles but the majority the cause is unknown. There is no treatment other than treating symptoms if present ,like chest pains,arrhythmia,etc ...Read more

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How is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy diagnosed?

How is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy diagnosed?

Echocardiogram : Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is generally diagnosed by echocardiography. Mri and gene testing can sometimes be helpful too. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Echocardiogram: Echocardiogram is the definitive test for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease whose greatest risk is that of fatal heart rhythm disturbance, regardless of whether it is obstructive or not. The presence of this abnormality on echocardiogram usually requires the placement of a defibrillator to prevent sudden cardiac death. ...Read more

Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Abnormality of the heart muscle which can cause heart failure or potentially lethal ...Read more