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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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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 was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Should I stop playing sports?

I was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Should I stop playing sports?

Yes: This condition is a major cause of sudden death in exercise / sports. Certainly follow your doctors guidance with this condition. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Does that affect my sports-playing abilities?

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 more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy , should I stop sports ?

HOCM: We do not recommend competitive sports in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. You should discuss your status along with do's and don't s with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy , so can I do sports ?

Diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy , so can I do sports ?

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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If I do lots of sports without problems, how would I know if I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

HCM: If you have a first degree relative with it your risk is high and you should be evaluated. Otherwise if you have never had chest pain, palpitations or fainting with exercise, your risk is low. ...Read more

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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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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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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. John Landi
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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