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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- is it fatal?

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Dr. Peter Varga
Pediatric Cardiology 41 years experience
Preventable: Hcm is caused by one of 20 genetic mutations. Some are mild and may take a long time to be recognized. Others are malignant and lead to fatal arrhythmia early on. People performing strenous cativity(athletes) may be particularly at risk. If there are risk factors such as family history, you should be evalated by a qualified cardiologist. Once diagnosed, sudden death can usually be prevented.
Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal medicine 37 years experience
It can be: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of fatal arrhythmias, particularly in young people, particularly in athletic young people. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy carries a high risk of fatal arrhythmias, and only an implantable cardiac defibrillator can lower the risk of death from arrhythmias in these individuals.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
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.

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