In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the heart muscles become thick and because of this the heart cannot pump blood and function normally.
Usually the thickness of the heart is asymmetrical with one part being thicker than the rest of the heart. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is usually an inherited condition wherein there is a problem with gene that controls the growth of the heart muscles.
When the heart muscles thicken, it becomes harder for the heart the pump blood. Basically the heart has to work harder and the size of the ventricular chamber of the heart is smaller than normal. In addition, the thickening of the heart muscles also makes it harder for the valves in the heart to work. The heart valves control in which direction the blood should flow.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can develop in any age group but the more severe form of this disorder is seen in younger people because the genetic association. However, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and hypertensive crisis usually occurs in people who are above the age of 60. In these people because of the problem with pumping of the blood, high blood pressure develops which can cause serious problems.Most people suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy do not have any symptoms and are usually rushed to the hospital because of hypertensive crisis. These people collapse suddenly due to their condition which is caused by abnormal heart beats or arrhythmia. In fact, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and hypertensive crisis is one of leading causes of death among young people who otherwise seem completely normal and healthy.
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