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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Stay informed about heart, vascular and thoracic topics in this continuation of The Beating Edge blog from our Heart & Vascular Institute, which is ranked No. 1 in heart care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: When Your Heart’s Too Big

Tags: echo, electrocardiogram, HCM, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sports, sports cardiology, sudden cardiac death

It’s generally healthy when an athlete’s heart adapts to exercise by becoming stronger, thicker, and larger. However, in some cases, a big heart can be dangerous. Learn when to worry and when not to.


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How Cancer Treatments Can Damage Your Heart

Tags: ace inhibitors, arrhythmias, beta-blockers, cancer, cancer treatments, cardio-oncologist, Cardiomyopathy, dr tamarappoo, echocardiogram, heart failure, heart valves, radiation

Chemotherapy and radiation can damage your heart. A cardio-oncologist can help patients complete their cancer treatment without incurring damage to the heart.


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Is Heart Disease In Your Genes?

Tags: abnormal genes, aortic stenosis, genetics, HCM, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart health, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long qt syndrome, marfan syndrome, research, statins, sudden cardiac death

Researchers continue to uncover ways genes influence or cause heart disease. But how best to use this information is not always clear.


Dr. Listening to Heart

Sports Beat: Is Your Heart Murmur Serious? (Video)

Tags: arrhythmias, athletes, heart murmur, heart video, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sports, sports cardiology, sudden cardiac death, video

Your doctor unexpectedly tells you at your annual sports physical that you have a heart murmur. So now what? Here’s how a sports cardiologist can help.


Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Screen Your Teens for Heart Muscle Disease

Tags: heart attack, heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sudden cardiac death

The headlines cause gasps of disbelief: A star high school or college athlete suddenly collapses and dies after a workout or a game. The culprit in many cases is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Here's why.


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Individual Care Best for Young Cardiac Patients

Tags: cardiology, heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, pediatrics

Children with heart disease have special needs, and pediatric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy presents special challenges. A new study confirms the best approach for effective treatment.


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Radiation Can Cause Heart Issues—Years Later (Video)

Tags: Bruce Lytle MD, cancer and heart, cardiac issues, cardio-oncologist, Cardiomyopathy, heart and vascular institute, heart videos, pericardial disease, radiation therapy, valvular heart disease, video

Receiving radiation to the chest to treat cancer may increase the risk of developing heart issues later in life. Cardiac surgeon Bruce Lytle, MD, explains what to look out for and how a specialist called a cardio-oncologist can help.


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What to Expect When Diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy (Video)

Tags: Cardiomyopathy, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart videos, understanding heart failure whiteboards, video, whiteboard sessions

You or a loved one have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, but what exactly does that mean?


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Treatment for a “Thick” Heart (Video)

Tags: heart videos, HOCM, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, septal myectomy, video

Being big hearted is good, but when your heart muscle gets abnormally thickened or enlarged, its walls can obstruct blood flow out to your body. The surgical solution is myectomy, which removes the excess tissue.


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Chat With a Doctor: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Tags: chat with a doctor, HCM, heart disease, heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sudden cardiac death, webchat

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a complex type of heart disease that affects one in 500 people. Learn more from a Cleveland Clinic physician during a live webchat Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at noon (ET).