Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart muscles thicken. However, this thickening is always asymmetrical with one part of the heart being thicker than normal.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy manifests itself in people different as thickening of the muscles of the heart vary from one patient to another.
Nearly 30 percent of people suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy also have obstruction of blood and this obstruction is there even when the person is not physically active. Ten percent of the patients suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have blood flow obstruction only when they are performing rigorous physical activity like heavy exercising. However, most patients do not exhibit any symptoms of the condition. Those who do show symptoms normally experience them during exercising and the symptoms can range from chest pain to palpitations to shortness of breath to dizziness.
Exercise can reduce effects of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. However, exercise selection has to be done with care so as not to aggravate the condition even further, especially if the person is suffering from obstruction of blood. All doctors agree that people suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy should not take part in competitive sports or exercise as this can be dangerous and fatal. This means no weight lifting, football, basketball or soccer.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy effects can be reduced by normal aerobic exercises like walking and biking. However, they should be done in moderation and patients suffering from this disorder should always consult their doctors first. It has been observed that regular aerobic exercises improves the overall cardiovascular system of the person and it also works towards reducing stress, but patients have to observe a certain limit so that they do not overdo it.
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