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Is there a genetic screen for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Is there a genetic screen for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Yes: There are many known mutations that cause hcm. Some are suspected but not yet discovered. Most can be readily tested for by panels of tests that look at the 18 or 19 known types of hcm. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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How can high school athletes be adequately screen hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Difficult ?: There is no formal screening of athletes in the us. Coutries like italy have a mandatory screening for all athletes consisting of an ekg followed by further testing as needed. See your family doctor especially if there is a family history . A referral can be made to cardiology if there is a high suspicion. ...Read more

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Trainer says all athletes should be tested for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. But doc wont order it. In italy, athletes have been screened since the 70s

Trainer says all athletes should be tested for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. But doc wont order it. In italy, athletes have been screened since the 70s

Screening athletes: It hasn't proven cost effective in our country to do the test on every athlete but you can keep looking for the test offered and pay for,it if not covered by insurance ...Read more

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Can a drug overdose lead to death by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or is this condition always genetic?

Can a drug overdose lead to death by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or is this condition always genetic?

Cardiomyopathy: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetically inherited condition. Having said that, a person using drugs could die from drug use and have this condition as well. It can predispose to abnormal heart rhythms which can be fatal and drug use can elicit abnormal heart rhythms. ...Read more

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Do people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy die from it?

Some do: Hcm is associated with arrythmias that can be lethal. Of corse there is wide spectrum of hcm. Patients with hcm need a cardiologist to mitigate their risk as medications @ in some cases defibrillators can significantly reduce risk of sudden cardiac death. ...Read more

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How can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy effect an individual?

Sudden death: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a thickening of the wall of the heart ventricle. As the wall becomes thick the interior of the muscle is predisposed to ischemia or lack of oxygen. This in turn can potentially cause a fatal arrhythmia which is usually the case when athletes have a sudden death on the court or field. It can also cause problems with flow through the aortic valve. ...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 hypertrophic cardiomyopathy hereditary? Sex-linked or recessive?

Is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy hereditary? Sex-linked or recessive?

Yes: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is almost always hereditary, being an autosomal dominant condition. It commonly runs in families, thus the importance of evaluating everyone in the immediate family (siblings or children) with echocardiography since hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a potentially fatal condition, particularly in young people and young athletes. Detection is the key to saving a life. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - has it got worse?

What to do if I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - has it got worse?

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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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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