Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- is it fatal?

It can be. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of fatal arrhythmias, particularly in young people, particularly in athletic young people. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy carries a high risk of fatal arrhythmias, and only an implantable cardiac defibrillator can lower the risk of death from arrhythmias in these individuals.
Preventable. Hcm is caused by one of 20 genetic mutations. Some are mild and may take a long time to be recognized. Others are malignant and lead to fatal arrhythmia early on. People performing strenous cativity(athletes) may be particularly at risk. If there are risk factors such as family history, you should be evalated by a qualified cardiologist. Once diagnosed, sudden death can usually be prevented.

Related Questions

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy serious?

Yes. Among young individuals, it is one of the leading causes of sudden death. A complete assessment by a cardiologist familiar with the condition can identify and recommend treatemtnto reduce the risk of sudden death. Read more...

Hpw bad is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Depends. There is a range of phenotypes and manifestations. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathies can range from mild to severe. Read more...

Why is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy dangerous?

Risk of death. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of death among young athletes. Further, individuals with this condition are at risk for sudden death even if they do not participate in sports. Read more...
3 Reasons. 1) unfavorable geometry - the heart is shaped the way it is to get a job done. Distortion of that geometry creates less effective action and blood flow 2) risk of sudden death - hcm screws up the electrical arrangement of the heart and increases risk of sudden death 3) obstruction - the very mass of the heart itself gets in the way of blood flow and causes chest pain and passing out. Read more...

Can you describe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

HCM. Hcm is an abnormal thickening usually of the wall (septum) that divides the right and left ventricle. This thickening occurs in the absence of other diseases known to cause thickening of the heart muscle. It is relatively uncommon but occurs in a familial/hereditary form more than 50% of the time. Therefore, siblings and children of patients with hcm should be screened for it. Read more...
HCM. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an excessive thickening of the heart muscle. Hcm can be obstructive or nonobstructive. It is a genetic disorder. Symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe. Sudden death may occur without warning from an arrhythmia. It was previously known as idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (ihss). Read more...

What to do if I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Complete evaluation. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is potentially dangerous, but very manageable. A complete assessment by a physician who is well versed in the condition is very important. Until that evaluation occurs, you should avoid overly stressful activities such as competitive sports. Symptoms of palpitations, dizziness or fainting warrant a more urgent assessment. Read more...

I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. What are my options?

See Below. Depending on the thickness of the heart and the symptoms, such as syncope, or the family history, the patient may need to be treated medically with beta blockers or may need a myomectomy which is taking a piece of the heart muscle to make it less thick, or may require an aicd - automated implanted cardio-verter defibrillator. It is the most frequent congenital defect related to the heart. Read more...
Depends. Depends on the severity based on echo, your symptoms, and your family history. If you have malignant arrhythmias or fh of unexpected death, you need close observation and possibly an icd. Otherwise, if you have mild symptoms, meds will suffice. If you have none of the above, you just need regular checkups with no treatment. Read more...

What exactly is obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Genetic heart prob. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic disease, typically affecting one of the proteins that are a part of the contractile apparatus of the heart. Most causes are inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. It is possible to not have inherited disease, but rather have a de novo mutation. Typically, there is abnormal thickening of the left ventricle. Sudden death can occur. Read more...