Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
A Common Cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest!
An Inside Look
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a heart condition that thickens the muscles within the heart. HCM causes the walls lining the left ventricle including the septum to thicken which can affect blood pressure and the hearts ability to process blood. In some cases HCM can cause sudden cardiac arrest. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy does not often cause symptoms and is likely to go undiagnosed.
A person with HCM, even with a pace maker, is advised not to do any sort of heavy exercise. The walls of their heart are thickened so it cannot hold as much blood and may not be able to process the needed amount of blood quick enough for exercising.
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