Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle is unusually thick. This can affect the amount of blood pumped to the body and cause heart rhythm problems.

Key points

  • In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the muscle in the heart is unusually thick, affecting its ability to pump blood to the body.
  • This condition is usually genetic and passed through families.
  • Doctors may recommend an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to treat this condition when the heart thickness reaches a certain size.
Last updated: October 26th 2018