I went to the cardiologist today and was told I have a thickening of the heart muscle. Tell me straight how dangerous is this?

Depends. The greater the degree of thickness the worse the prognosis. More importantly the thickening of the heart indicates poor blood pressure controll over a long period of time.The longer this goes on the worse the pronosis. Pts can develope heart failure and arrythmias. Strict blood pressure controll is essential (130/80 or less).

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Had a heart cath. Told I had a thickened heart muscle. How serious? Can I reduce thickness?

Yes. Heart cath does not diagnose a thickened heart muscle. An echocardiogram or ultrasound does, unless it is a more serious condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The more common condition is LVH or hypertrophy of the heart which is caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure. Reversing the blood pressure can reverse some of the LVH particularly with ace inhibitors. Read more...