What Is HCM?

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What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a type of heart muscle disorder. It is very common and can affect both men and women at any age. In this condition, the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick while the sizes of heart chambers remain the same, making it difficult for the heart to pump blood. Blood flow out of the ventricles may be blocked by the thickened walls, leading to a lack of blood in other parts of the body.

HCM can raise a person’s blood pressure in the ventricles and his blood vessels of the lungs. The damaged heart muscle can disrupt the heart’s electrical signals, causing irregular heart rhythms.

Many people with HCM have a late diagnosis, because they have few or even no symptom. Though they are with HCM, they can still live a normal life. However, the disease can cause significant problems for some patients. They may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, and abnormal heart rhythms which threatens their life.

 

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