What is Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?
In Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the heart muscle becomes thick and pumping becomes hard. HCM often runs in families i.e. if your parents or grandparents had it, you are more likely to have it too.
Common symptoms of HCM are:
- Chest pain
- Breathlessness and faintingduring physical activity
HCM can cause sudden collapse and death without any prior symptoms.
Common diagnostic tests:
HCM causes abnormal heart sounds called murmurs which can be detected with a stethoscope. Other tests are:
ECG (Electrocardiogram): If you have HCM, your ECG will be abnormal.
Echocardiography: In this test, ultrasound waves are directed to the heart through a device called transducer. Different areas bounce off the waves differently these waves are picked up by a recording device to create moving pictures of your heart.
Transesophageal echocardiogram: In this test, a transducer is inserted through your mouth into the food pipe (esophagus) to get a more detailed echocardiogram reading.
Basics of managing HCM
If you have HCM, you may not be able to exert yourself a lot. Talk to your doctor before you begin any exercise programme. Here are some tips to avoid complications with HCM:
- Lose excess weight.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Eat a healthy diet.
Treatment at Madhavbaug™
Since HCM can lead to chronic heart failure (CHF), we may recommend HFRT programme for patients with HCM. At Madhavbaug™, we have designed holistic therapy for treating CHF. Our ideology – “Whatever it takes” is a promise of doing everything possible to provide the best care to our patients. So, the therapy for CHF combines the best of modern diagnostics, Ayurveda principles, diet and physiotherapy. This ensures your symptoms are reduced, your exercise capacity increased, your symptoms reduce and you are able to live a productive life.