The circle shows the area of enlarged heart muscle which blocks the flow of blood out of the heart
DIAGNOSES-OPERATIONS
 

HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY

WHAT IS IT?
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease in which the muscle of the heart grows to an extreme degree.  This may cause trouble with blood flow through the heart and it may also cause dangerous arrhythmias.

WHAT CAUSES IT?
Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have usually inherited a gene that causes the disease. For this reason, it is important for family members to also be examined to see whether they have the same condition.

SYMPTOMS
Usual symptoms include dizziness, palpitations, chest pain and difficulty breathing.

OPERATION
The operation requires removal of a small piece of heart muscle so that blood can flow properly through the heart and not be blocked by the enlarged piece of muscle.  In many cases there coexists mitral valve regurgitation which may either need to be addressed or, in some cases, will be relieved once the obstructive muscle is removed.  In cases where patients are at high risk for a dangerous arrhythmia then an internal defibrillator (AICD) may be placed.
Attending Surgeon 2nd Department of Cardiac Surgery
Assistant Director Division of Transcatheter Heart Valves
HYGEIA HOSPITAL

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