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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.
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 32 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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A 23-year-old member asked:

Can you describe hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 40 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 40-year-old member asked:

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.

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