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can you describe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 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.
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an excessive thickening of the heart muscle. Hcm can be obstructive or nonobstructive. It is a genetic disorder. Symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe. Sudden death may occur without warning from an arrhythmia. It was previously known as idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (ihss).

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My husband has cardiomyopathy, how should we change is diet?

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Dr. Hamid Hai
Cardiology 55 years experience
Diet in Cardiomyopat: There is no specific dietary advice for cardiomyopathy. Since cardiomyopathy is due to multiple causes, the dietary advice will depend on the cause. The most common cause of cardiomyopathy is ischemic heart disease. If, in a given case, it is due to alcoholism, absolute abstinence from alcohol is advised. If cardiomyopathy has resulted in heart failure, the dietary advice is that for heart failure.
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Are there any tips to prevent cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Avoid drugs, booze: Alcohol and some drugs of abuse, e.g., Cocaine can cause cardiomyopathy. Some therapeutic drugs, mostly anticancer drugs, can also cause cardiomypathy. Alcohol, due to its toxicity and nutritional deficiencies associated with chronic aloholism are among the more common avoidable causes of cardiomyopathy.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is the use stem cells a viable option for cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Stem cells - Future: Fat cells have shown promise as a source of stem cells that may eventually be able to be used to treat many conditions, one of which is spinal cord injury. Stem cells have the potential to transform into specialized cells and tissues of many different organs. There has been much excitement recently in the research world for the future potential but everyday use in medicine is still years away.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can bad dental hygiene cause cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Indirectly: Gum disease is correlated with heart attacks and heart attacks can cause ischemic cardiomyopathy.
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Why is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy dangerous?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
Risk of death: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of death among young athletes. Further, individuals with this condition are at risk for sudden death even if they do not participate in sports.

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