Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a medical condition associated with thickening of the heart muscle, mostly the septum that separates the ventricles. This results in the stiffening of the heart walls and abnormal aortic and mitral valve functioning, which ultimately results in reduced blood flow out of the heart. Symptoms are:
• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath
• Sudden death
HOW IS HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
In addition to a physical examination a cardiologist would recommend any echocardiogram or ECG to check and confirm the functioning of the heart. Medical and family history and the symptoms experienced by the patient would be discussed.
HOW IS HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY TREATED?
The treatment of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy largely depends upon its symptoms. While medication helps in treating Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, but in a severe case of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, an open heart surgery may be performed to remove a part of the thickened septum.
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a high risk of death in such cases because of ICD or if the patient has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In such cases, the abnormal heart rhythms lead to failure of the heart.