It is a known fact, that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition, is one of the top causes of death among young student-athletes. “Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is traditionally viewed as the most common condition responsible for sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes.”

“In a large case series of SCD in 1,866 young athletes, HCM was the causative condition identified in nearly 40% of cases,” according to the same study. It is also worth noting that while rare, “nearly two-thirds of athletes (who died of HCM) were 17 years old or younger and still at high school. Studies have also revealed a strong male preponderance for SCD, particularly in (Black) athletes who compete in sports with sudden movements and adrenergic (adrenaline) surges, such as football or basketball.” 

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Signs and Symptoms of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy is an umbrella term used to describe difficulties with your heart being able to pump blood. There are different subtypes of this condition, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).


With HCM, your heart muscle chamber thickens and grows larger, which affects the left ventricle in the lower portion of the heart. This can prevent your heart from pumping blood normally.

It’s important to talk with a doctor if you’re experiencing possible symptoms of HCM. While most people can lead everyday lives with this condition, there’s also a risk of developing heart-related complications if HCM is left untreated.

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