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Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy reverse itself in children?

Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy reverse itself in children?

No: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease caused by an abnormal gene, typically in one of the genes that codes for the contractile proteins of the heart. At the current time, there are no therapies that can make abnormal genes "reverse" and become normal. Having said that, there are best practices for hcm, even in childhood and best care can result in prolonged life and good long-term outcomes. ...Read more

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Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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Should I get my children tested for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy if he is all normal but an athlete?

Should I get my children tested for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy if he is all normal but an athlete?

Athlete: The american academy of pediatrics and american heart association have screening guidelines for athletes. If you have a family history of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or unexplained sudden death in the family, then evaluation for this process is warranted. You child should undergo a sports clearance physical by his doctor who can discuss this with you. ...Read more

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What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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. ...Read more

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Is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy serious?

Yes: Among young individuals, it is one of the leading causes of sudden death. A complete assessment by a cardiologist familiar with the condition can identify and recommend treatemtnto reduce the risk of sudden death. ...Read more

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Hpw bad is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Hpw bad is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Depends: There is a range of phenotypes and manifestations. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathies can range from mild to severe. ...Read more

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Tell me about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Tell me about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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. ...Read more

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How can you get hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

How can you get hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Genetic defect: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is caused by a mutation in one of several genes that codes for cardiac contractile proteins (sarcomeric proteins.) typically, these are inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. Spontaneous mutations do occur. Over 50% of people have an affected parent, but disease expression is variable. ...Read more

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Why is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy dangerous?

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. ...Read more

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How do you get a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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. ...Read more

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Can you describe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Can you describe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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. ...Read more

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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Cardiomyopathy is a disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver it throughout the body. A common symptom is chest pain, although mild cases ...Read more


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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a heart condition in which the middle wall of the heart becomes thickened, which can disrupt the flow of blood ...Read more