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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
46 years experience Cardiology
Hypertrophic Obstruc: Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.
Dr. Jon Spiers
31 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It is: Hocm is an acronym for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, one of the leading causes of sudden cardiac death among young otherwise healthy athletes. We don' ... Read More

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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Lingle
15 years experience Cardiology
Multiple: Usually beta blockers are used to slow the heart rate and the patient is advised to avoid dehydration; however as hocm progresses one can have surgica ... Read More
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Dr. Steven Ajluni
35 years experience Cardiology
Trt HOCM: Hocm treated w education, avoidance of high stress physical activity, meds. Meds to lower force of contraction in heart (like beta blockers, calcium ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
38 years experience Cardiology
Echo or exam: In italy, all athletes are screened with echocardiograms which is an excellent test for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In the United States, athletes a ... Read More
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Dr. Matthew Cooper
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
HOCM: A full medical history, physical examination, and echocardiogram would be the first steps.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Milunski
37 years experience Cardiology
HCM cure?: There is no cure for this condition. Treatment is aimed at symptom relief and protection from sudden cardiac arrest. There is a strong genetic compone ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
46 years experience Cardiology
Abnormal muscle: Genetically caused abnormal heart muscle growth that interferes with blood passing out of the left ventricle (hypertrophic obstructive cardio myopathy ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Lingle
15 years experience Cardiology
Genetic: It depends on your family history...If hocm runs in your family it is an inherited condition and you should receive screening echocardiograms; however ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
31 years experience Cardiology
No: Very unlikely due to liability issues -- you better off ask your doctor for advise and supervision about safety (and limitations) of exercise and acti ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
55 years experience Cardiology
Depends: Most cases can be treated medically. If the problem is severe, surgery may be advisable. Injection of alcohol into a coronary artery branch is an alte ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
31 years experience Cardiology
Symptomatic: Mechanical therapy for hocm depends on the severity of the disease and symtpoms. Assymptomatic people with low gradients and no history or risk factor ... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
HOCM: If there's a family incidence of sudden death or if your heart is very thick we generally recommend an icd. Likewise if theres a history of syncope or ... Read More

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