It's estimated that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is present in one person out of every 500. However, in many of those people, the condition goes undiagnosed and doesn't cause many symptoms. Stories of HCM can create fear and confusion about the condition because of its connection to the unexpected, sudden deaths of seemingly healthy, young people. It is, in fact, the number one cause of sudden cardiac death in people under the age of 30. However, only a very small proportion of people with HCM are at risk for sudden cardiac death, and these deaths are quite rare.
- Q What are the different types of cardiomyopathy?
- Q Can mechanical support devices help people with end-stage cardiomyopathy?
- Q Is cardiomyopathy serious?
- Q What is cardiomyopathy?
- Q How common is cardiomyopathy?
- Q When should I call my doctor if I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?