43yo female just diagnosis with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy via echo. How are the severity rated? I have sob, edema, heart pain, fatigue
Important diagnosis. It is important to know whether you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a genetic disease of the heart, or you have ventricular hypertrophy from another cause. In some patients, this is a difficult determination, but it has important implications for therapy. Be sure that your cardiology team has special expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of hcm.
Measurments. The 2 key measurements are wall thickness (in mm) (normal is.
I have mild hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the left ventricular. Can this cause fatal arrhythmia? I have had an echo which showed my heart is strong.
Yes. Abnormal thickened left ventricle can make it harder for the heart to pump blood plus is associated with arrhythmias. Condition often goes undiagnosed. Few people have chest pain, shortness of breath, syncope. Recognized cause is sudden death in athletes. Stay connected with your cardiology for close follow up. Stay hydrated all the times during exercise.
Yes. Unfortunately hcm can lead to sudden death. The heart usually beats well. Most patients should be on some medication, most frequently a beta-blocker, with this diagnosis. You should be followed bya cardiologist familiar with this disease.