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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.
Dr. Jesus Yap
Cardiology 54 years experience
Genes and others: About half of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are due to mutations in genes encoding cardiac muscle proteins or sarcomeres. Few are due to errors in metabolism such as Fabry's disease due to a lack of enzyme( galactosides) and the other half the cause is unknown.The genetic group is familial and autosomal dominant-50% chance of having defective gene in a family member

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How does someone know what hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is caused by?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 34 years experience
Broad topic: Hypertroph cardiomyopathy is a unusally thick heart and as a result makes it stiff and non compliant.. These pts also have trouble with salt and water as it can cause heart failure..Some pts were born with this and it runs in familys. Family should be screened. Secondary causes are uncontrolled BP over long periods of time.And aortic stenosis
A 49-year-old member asked:

Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cause death?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Usually not but...: The hypertrophic cardiomyopathies are a treacherous group, and even when they run in families, patients differ greatly in how their disease shows itself. Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is best-known in japan and seldom causes trouble. If you feel good, can exercise, and aren't having fainting spells or chest pain, and your physician isn't overconcerned, i would't be either.
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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