Unfortunately, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is inherited and cannot be prevented, but early detection is key in avoiding further complications and facilitating treatment. Intense exercise and competitive sports should be avoided. Some patients can participate in low-intensity sports and exercise, but it is best to speak with your cardiologist beforehand for recommendations.
Sudden cardiac death, however, can be prevented in those patients who already have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD).
Practicing overall heart-healthy habits may also help, and may be particularly useful when undergoing treatment. Here are several tips to help you achieve this:
Based on your unique medical history, risk factors, symptoms, and lifestyle, your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment option for you.