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Dr. Barton Cook
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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Overview)

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


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Can you tell me the medical definition of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy ?

Can you tell me the medical definition of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy ?

Defined.: Most often the portion of the heart between the right and left ventricles (septum) is thickened. This narrows the region below the aortic valve and causes a portion of mitral valve to be sucked into this area during ventricular ejection (emptying). As a result there is narrowing of outflow leading to obsruction. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Overview)

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


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How does having a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affect a child's development, will they be small for his age?

How does having a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affect a child's development, will they be small for his age?

No: Your child will not necessarily be small, but he needs to be very careful s he exercises. Too much exercise can overload the heart. Be sure that your pediatrician refers you to a pediatric cardiologist to help with your child's care. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in an otherwise normal person?

What are symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in an otherwise normal person?

Cardiomyopathy: The symptoms can vary and may include, but not be limiyed to, shortness of breath, passing out, feeling lightheaded, rapid heart beat, heart arrhythmia, sleeping with more pillows, and feeling weak or fatigued. Some patient may have minimal or no symptoms if young and otherwise healthy, but the symptoms may progress over time. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (heart disease)?

Hypertrophic cardiom: The symptoms of a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can vary from shortness of breath to chest discomfort to syncope or fainting. If you have a family history of this or sudden cardiac death at a young age, then you should see a cardiologist. If you are concerned, start with your primary physician and if there are any abnormal findings then see a cardiologist. ...Read more

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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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Is drinking alcohol safe with one diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Alcohol/Cardiomyopat: Definitely not. Consult your cardiologist if in doubt. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

What are the tests for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

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. ...Read more

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What life changes must be made if you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

What life changes must be made if you have  hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Depends....: In most cases nothing. If you have significant obstruction to blood flow from the heart you may be asked to exercise to moderate levels only. Depending on the thickness of the septum, degree of obstruction, arrhythmias and family history your cardiologist may recommend a defibrillator which generally precludes high intensity sports. It all depends on the degree of severity of the condition. ...Read more

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What are the causes of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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What are the causes of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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 ...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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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