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What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 36 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.
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 32 years experience
HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick, and obstruction to outflow may occur. Arrhythmias may occur as well. It is commonly inherited, first degree relatives should be screened. Patients may have severe symptoms, or no symptoms at all. It is a common cause of death in young athletes who seemed completely healthy.
Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 40 years experience
Complete evaluation: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is potentially dangerous, but very manageable. A complete assessment by a physician who is well versed in the condition is very important. Until that evaluation occurs, you should avoid overly stressful activities such as competitive sports. Symptoms of palpitations, dizziness or fainting warrant a more urgent assessment.

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What is hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Cardiology 38 years experience
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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (hcm)?

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Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
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.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How do you get a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 25 years experience
Cardiomyopathy: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (hcm) is a genetically inherited disease. It is inherited in a fashion such that any child of an individual with hcm should be screened for this condition and should see a cardiologist.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 25 years experience
Cardiomyopathy : Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is usually inherited within families due to abnormal genes causing irregular heart muscle growth.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you describe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 38 years experience
HCM: Hcm is an abnormal thickening usually of the wall (septum) that divides the right and left ventricle. This thickening occurs in the absence of other diseases known to cause thickening of the heart muscle. It is relatively uncommon but occurs in a familial/hereditary form more than 50% of the time. Therefore, siblings and children of patients with hcm should be screened for it.

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