With the cardiovascular treatments available for HCM patients today, mortality due to the disease is very low. However, HCM does have to be managed and treated properly, which means it must be properly diagnosed. If detected and treated, the majority of patients with HCM have normal life expectancy without incurring any significant limiting symptoms or adverse disease complications.

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How Does Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Look Inside the Body?

Your heart is made of strong muscles to pump blood around your body. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a condition that thickens some of the heart muscles, making it harder to pump blood.

Usually, HCM affects the ventricular septum, which is located between your right and left ventricles (the lower chambers of your heart). A thicker ventricular septum takes up more space. This can affect blood flow, especially through the left ventricle.

HCM is genetic. So if one person has HCM, others in the family should also get checked. Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, or an irregular heart rate. Sometimes, there are no symptoms.

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