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what is the treatment for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal medicine 37 years experience
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.
Dr. Marco Paliotta
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Medical and surgical: The treatment for hcm is based on symptoms and degree of hypertrophy. Hcm causes obstruction of outflow of blood from the heart, potentially life-threatening arrhythmias and heart failure. Medical treatments include beta blockers and anti-arrhythmic meds. Surgery involves removal of muscle tissue (myectomy); placement of an aicd; alcohol ablation. Follow up with you cardiologist!

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A 36-year-old member asked:

I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Should I stop playing sports?

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Dr. Mike Moore
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Family Medicine 8 years experience
Yes!: At least until you talk to your cardiologist and get their evaluation and opinion. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is associated with sudden cardiac death during maximal exercise, like during competitive sports. If you have been given this diagnosis you should be seeing a cardiologist that specializes in this condition.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

Can you describe hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
Thick heart muscle: Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, particularly of the ventricles. Often the septum, the wall between the ventricles, is much thicker than the other walls. When the heart contracts, this abnormally thick septum creates a narrow area that can block, or "obstruct", the flow of blood out of the left ventricle.
A 38-year-old member asked:

I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. How can I cope with this?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 20 years experience
Knowledge=power: Most important is to understand what this diagnosis means, and what the risk is to you as an individual. The manifestation of this genetic abnormality is extremely variable, so you cannot assume what you read about applies to your case. A cardiologist with experience in this disease can advise you on your risk of heart arrhythmia, as well as exercise that should be safe, or avoided, in your case.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

I was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Should I stop playing sports?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: This condition is a major cause of sudden death in exercise / sports. Certainly follow your doctors guidance with this condition.
A 28-year-old member asked:

I went to an online symptom checker. It said I might have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. What do doctors say are the most common symptoms?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Variable: Some patients have no symptoms. The first symptom may be sudden collapse and possible death. Others include chest pain, fainting, palpitations, high blood pressure, heart failure, shortness of breath, easy fatigue, exercise intolerance.

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