Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: When Your Heart’s Too Big

If you’re an athlete, there’s one muscle that can become too big: your heart. Sure, it sounds counterintuitive. The purpose of training, after all, is to grow and strengthen your muscles. Doesn’t a strong heart fuel athletic performance? In most cases, yes. In general, it’s completely normal and healthy for your heart to adapt to … Read More

Is Heart Disease In Your Genes?

Do you wonder why some smokers develop heart disease, but others don’t? Or how someone who thrives on burgers and fries can live to be 90, when a vegetarian has a heart attack at 40? The answer may be in the genes. And the fact is, we are only beginning to understand how they affect … Read More

Sports Beat: Is Your Heart Murmur Serious?

It’s your physical and your doctor is coming at you with a cold stethoscope, ready to listen to your heart. But what does your heart have to say? Potentially, a lot. Comprised of four chambers and four valves, one of the heart’s most important jobs is to keep blood flowing in one direction. The valves … Read More

Screen Your Teens for Heart Muscle Disease

Sometimes the first symptom of the heart muscle disease hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is sudden cardiac death, and some of its most tragic victims are teenagers and young adults. HCM is a complex disease and it affects vastly different groups of people. HCM prevention and treatment save lives, but only if screening identifies those at risk. … Read More

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Individual Care Best for Young Cardiac Patients

A new study affirms that the long-standing practice of focusing on the individual and employing a multidisciplinary approach in treating children with pediatric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) results in the best possible outcomes. Thick heart walls Children who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, have abnormally thick walls of the heart. Pediatric HCM … Read More

Athletes and Enlarged Hearts

A diagnosis of an enlarged heart in athletes may be a serious medical issue – or just a byproduct of an active lifestyle. The challenge for physicians is to differentiate between the two. About athlete’s heart The physical demands placed on the body can trigger an athlete’s heart to grow in size. This condition is called “athlete’s … Read More

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Patient Conference

The Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute and the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA) are hosting a comprehensive program about diagnosis and treatment of HCM.  The full day conference will take place from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the InterContinental Hotel at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus on August 24th. Dr. Harry Lever, along with medical … Read More