What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a thickening of the muscle on the left side of the heart. Watch this video with thoracic surgeon Dr. Hiroo Takayama to learn about typical symptoms – and why certain high-risk patients may be asymptomatic.
Again, the most important thing to notice is this is the most common cause of sudden death
among the young people, including competitive athletes. [MUSIC PLAYING]
The hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a very unique entity of the disease. The most important thing to know is that this
is a very common disease. About 1 out of 500 people has this disease.
This is a genetic condition of the disease in which the muscle of the heart is very thickened.
It causes various kinds of symptoms. The second most important thing to know is that this is the most common genetic cardiovascular disease
that cause sudden death, sudden cardiac death among the young people, including competitive athletes.
The hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is caused by a very thickened muscle, the left side of the heart, that causes
various kinds of symptoms. Symptoms include sudden cardiac death, symptoms related to heart failure, a symptom related
to the obstruction of the exit of the left side of the heart caused by the thickened muscle of the heart.
In terms of symptoms of heart failure, that includes shortness of breath, swelling of the legs, and so forth.
If you have the obstruction of the exit of the heart, which is called left ventricular outflow tract obstruction,
you will also have shortness of breath. One of the very important things about symptoms related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is that many of the patients
are actually asymptomatic, with that meaning a patient
may not have any symptom. Therefore, it is extremely important to identify high-risk patients who
have a family history of this disease, and screen them appropriately. [AUDIO LOGO]
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