Symptoms And Treatment Of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

2362 Words Mar 6th, 2015 10 Pages
Cardiopulmonary diseases can include an enormous variety of diseases. It covers all the diseases of the heart and the lungs. Respirations and blood pressure go hand in hand which is why this category is included together. The following paper is on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, specifically focusing on the pediatric population, and even more narrowing on athletes. This is a growing area of concern in the medical field due to the undetected Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in athletes until a Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). Shockingly many athletes are instantly dying on the soccer field and basketball courts not even aware there is a cardiac issue until it is too late. The following paragraphs will explore what is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, who is affected, how it can be detected and what can be done to lower the SCD incidents in young athletes.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a genetic disorder that causes progressive abnormal thickening of the heart (1). This thickening of the muscle of the heart may be minor, slowly progressing or severe producing sudden death. People with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy have a large thick heart muscle, and as a result decreases the cavity size of the heart. This means the heart holds and pumps less blood. It also can make it harder for the heart to relax and fill with blood. (2) It is an obstruction to the flow of blood as it is pumped out of the heart. Once the muscle is too large, it’s function decreases and the heart starts to quiver in…
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