Jargon Buster - Definition of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

or HCM is a form of cardiomyopathy that results in excessive thickening of the heart muscle. It is sometimes a condition that is inherited whilst it can also be caused by high blood pressure.

This condition is usually inherited and can affect both males and females.

Symptoms of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy can include breathlessness, chest pain, palpitations, dizziness and fainting attacks.

There are multiple treatments for this condition including beta-blockers, cardioversion, pacemakers, defibrillators and warfarin.

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