Any information about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is associated with thickening of the heart muscle, most commonly at the septum between the ventricles, below the aortic valve.
It is very common and can affect men and women equally, and can affect people at any age. In both obstructive and non-obstructive HCM, the thickened muscle makes the inside of the left ventricle smaller, thus holding less blood.
HCM can be passed on to from generation to generation, but the condition may also be acquired due to high blood pressure or aging. In other instances, the exact cause is unknown.
Symptoms of HCM can occur at any age and may include:
- Dyspnea, especially with exertion
- Chest pain or pressure
- Overly tired
- Sudden death
Prognosis or Life Expectancy:
- One-year mortality rate for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is about 2%-3%.
- Ten-year mortality rate for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be equal to or more than 20%.
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