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I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. How can I cope with this?

I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. How can I cope with this?

Knowledge=power: Most important is to understand what this diagnosis means, and what the risk is to you as an individual. The manifestation of this genetic abnormality is extremely variable, so you cannot assume what you read about applies to your case. A cardiologist with experience in this disease can advise you on your risk of heart arrhythmia, as well as exercise that should be safe, or avoided, in your case. ...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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I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, anyway I can do?

I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, anyway I can do?

HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a serious risk factor for sudden death with exertion. See your cardiologist to discuss the risk before participating in any competitive sports or heavy exertional exercise. ...Read more

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I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. What is my prognosis?

I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. What is my prognosis?

Cardiomyopathy: Prognosis is fair to good with continued treatment & life-style changes (quit smoking, reduce stress, lose weight, no alcohol or drugs, get enough sleep & rest, take medications regularly as prescribed). ...Read more

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What to do if I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, anyway i can prolong my life ?

HOCM: We presently have no uniformly effective treatment for hocm. It is prudent to take care of your other health risk factors as much as possible and discuss forms of prudent exercise with your doctor. ...Read more

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I went to an online symptom checker. It said I might have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. What do doctors say are the most common symptoms?

I went to an online symptom checker. It said I might have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. What do doctors say are the most common symptoms?

Really?: That's a tricky diagnosis for any entity that has not seen or examined you. The symptoms of hocm are quite common (breathlessness, chest discomfort, palpitations) as are the signs. If hocm is even a remote possibility, you best be seen by a cardiologist to confirm (or more likely, deny) the diagnosis by physical examination and an echocardiogram with/without physiologic maneuvers (he'll know!). ...Read more

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I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Should I stop playing sports?

I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Should I stop playing sports?

Yes!: At least until you talk to your cardiologist and get their evaluation and opinion. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is associated with sudden cardiac death during maximal exercise, like during competitive sports. If you have been given this diagnosis you should be seeing a cardiologist that specializes in this condition. ...Read more

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What is hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Heart disease: Obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic disorder that is one of the leading causes of sudden cardiac death in young people, particularly athletes. It is quite rare, but can be devastating in its ability to produce fatal arrhythmias. It is also a serious cause of heart failure due to decreased blood flow through the aortic valve to due obstruction of flow by the ventricular septum. ...Read more

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Can you describe hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Can you describe hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

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. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Barton Cook
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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


Dr. Tanya Russo
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Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Hocm is a condition of local muscular obstruction to the outflow of blood from the heart. It is part of the spectrum of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is abnormally thick heart ...Read more