Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle or myocardium becomes thick which makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood. Shortness of breath, chest pain, heart murmur and heart palpitations are the symptoms experienced by patients with this disorder.
HOW IS HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
A Cardiologist/General Physician performs different tests to diagnose the exact cause of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. For instance, the most common diagnostic test for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is Echocardiography, which helps in creating images of the heart using sound waves. Plus, other tests such as Holter Monitor, Cardiac MRI, and Cardiac Catheterization are conducted to evaluate the diagnosis of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
HOW IS HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY TREATED?
Medications are prescribed to patients to relieve the symptoms of this disorder and prevent further complications. Medicines to relax the muscles of the heart and reduce the heart rate are recommended. A septal myectomy in which a part of the thickened wall is removed is performed when medications do not work.
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.