What is the treatment for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Medical and surgical. The treatment for hcm is based on symptoms and degree of hypertrophy. Hcm causes obstruction of outflow of blood from the heart, potentially life-threatening arrhythmias and heart failure. Medical treatments include beta blockers and anti-arrhythmic meds. Surgery involves removal of muscle tissue (myectomy); placement of an aicd; alcohol ablation. Follow up with you cardiologist!
Echocardiogram. Echocardiogram is the definitive test for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease whose greatest risk is that of fatal heart rhythm disturbance, regardless of whether it is obstructive or not. The presence of this abnormality on echocardiogram usually requires the placement of a defibrillator to prevent sudden cardiac death.

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Is there a cure for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy without surgery?

Septal ablation. During a cardiac catheterization alcohol can be injected into septal arteries to kil some of the excess heart muscle in the septum.
Depends. On how advanced it is and if you have symptoms with activity. Medication management can keep you asymptomatic for a while but being followed by a cardiologist is extremely important. They will be able to guide your therapy and will know when and if its time to intervene surgically.

How can I cure hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy without surgery?

No cure. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (hcm) is a genetic disease of the heart muscle. There is no "cure" for hcm. In some cases, if there is severe obstruction to left ventricular outflow, surgery is recommended to relieve the obstruction, but the patient still has hcm. Best care is delivered by a cardiac team with special expertise in hcm.

Is there a way to cure hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy without surgery?

No. Hypertophic cardiomyopathy is never really cured. The obstruction can be improved with surgery and with catheter techniques. Medications can reduce some of the symptoms and risk related to the disease, but also do not provide a cure.

Can you describe hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Thick heart muscle. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, particularly of the ventricles. Often the septum, the wall between the ventricles, is much thicker than the other walls. When the heart contracts, this abnormally thick septum creates a narrow area that can block, or "obstruct", the flow of blood out of the left ventricle.
Thickened heart. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (hocm) is a genetic condition that causes excessive thickening of the myocardium (heart muscle) as a result of abnormalities with the genes that control heart muscle cell growth. Often one part of the heart is thicker than other parts. Heart muscle thickening may make if more difficult for the heart to relax and fill, and harder for blood to leave the heart.

What are the tests for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Echocardiogram. Echocardiogram is the definitive test for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease whose greatest risk is that of fatal heart rhythm disturbance, regardless of whether it is obstructive or not. The presence of this abnormality on echocardiogram usually requires the placement of a defibrillator to prevent sudden cardiac death.

What are the symptoms of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

Several. Some patients may be asymptomatic, but others have symptoms that range from exertional fatigue to overt anginal chest pain, to exertional shortness of breath, to overt heart failure with severe shortness of breath on low levels of exertion. The extreme involves syncope from near fatal or fatal ventricular arrhythmias, to fatal or non-fatal myocardial infarction (heart attack).

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).

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.