If a person has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy & the heart suddenly stops, would a defibrillator get the heart started again? Will they need transplant?

Hypertrophic. in most cases defibrillator should be able to restart it provided that it is done immediately, transplant is needed more rarely.
Not applicable. If the heart stops, this is termed asystole, and defibrillation (shock) is not used when heart is in asystole (no matter the condition). If the heart goes into an arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm) that causes critically low blood pressure, then defibrillation can be used to possibly restart the heart. Heart transplant is indicated for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with refractory heart failure.

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If you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy do you need a heart transplant?

Cardiomyopathy. Some patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may have a mild form and live a normal lifespan. Some patients may have more severe forms that are progressive necessitating surgery, or resulting in arrythmias, fainting, heart failire or even evolving into a dilated cardiomyopathy requiring heart transplant in the most severe cases. Close follow up with a doctor is important with this condition. Read more...

Are heart transplants typically performed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

No. There are many people who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathies who do not require transplant and live productive lives. Read more...

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. Read more...

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...

What are signs and symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (heart disease)?

Hypertrophic cardiom. The symptoms of a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can vary from shortness of breath to chest discomfort to syncope or fainting. If you have a family history of this or sudden cardiac death at a young age, then you should see a cardiologist. If you are concerned, start with your primary physician and if there are any abnormal findings then see a cardiologist. Read more...