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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Does that affect my sports-playing abilities?
Yes: Current guidelines recommend that individuals with hcm refrain from participation in competitive sports. However, patients with hcm can participate in low to moderate intensity activities to promote good health. Discuss this carefully with your cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What to do if I have been diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy , should I stop sports ?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Several: Some patients may be asymptomatic, but others have symptoms that range from exertional fatigue to overt anginal chest pain, to exertional shortness of breath, to overt heart failure with severe shortness of breath on low levels of exertion. The extreme involves syncope from near fatal or fatal ventricular arrhythmias, to fatal or non-fatal myocardial infarction (heart attack). ...Read more
Depends: On how advanced it is and if you have symptoms with activity. Medication management can keep you asymptomatic for a while but being followed by a cardiologist is extremely important. They will be able to guide your therapy and will know when and if its time to intervene surgically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a cardilogist: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (hcm) is a significant and lifelong type of heart disease that can potentially have serious complications. Everyone with hcm should be monitored closely by a cardiologist. Treatment options include medications and surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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