Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy for Professionals

Learning more about HCM will ensure you are better able to discuss its impact with your patients.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a primary myocardial disorder defined by left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy that cannot be explained by another cardiac or systemic disease.

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Patients whose lives have been restricted by HCM may be able to reduce symptoms and comorbidities. Watch this video series to increase your knowledge.

HCM Podcasts

From diagnosis to management and beyond, these HCM podcasts will help you communicate best with your patients.

HCM Clinical Review

Learn more on recognizing and evaluating the pathophysiology of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) with AHA’s Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinical Review.

HeartBEATS from Lifelong Learning™

Educating Patients and Their Caregivers About HCM

Living with Arrhythmic Consequences of HCM

This episode will highlight factors to consider when deciding on ICD placement, particularly for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death.
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HCM: Identifying Symptoms

Learn tips and tricks for the initial diagnosis of HCM, diagnostic testing, and referrals.
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HCM: Managing Symptoms

Lean more on identifying strategies to improve provider-patient communication and utilizing shared decision-making to personalize treatment strategies.
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HCM: Lifestyle Interventions

Experts will cover behavior modifications for patient with HCM, including regular physical activity recommendations.
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AHA Lifelong Learning and HCMA developed tools and resources to educate patients and caregivers during the HCM patient journey.

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HCM Patients

In speaking with patients who complain of symptoms consistent with HCM, ask if family members have been diagnosed with HCM, or if there is a family history of sudden cardiac arrest or died due to an unknown cardiovascular disease. When patients present with symptoms such as fatigue, fainting, shortness of breath, chest pain or heart palpitations without a known cause, suspect and test for HCM. With your help, patients whose lives have been restricted due to HCM may be able to reduce symptoms and comorbidities.
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A thumbnail image of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy infographic in collaboration with HCMADownload this free poster developed in collaboration with HCMA

Print this poster as a discussion guide for conversations with patients. As you talk with your patients use this as an educational tool. Early detection and disease/symptom management may help reduce some of the consequences of HCM and improve outcomes.

With your help, patients whose lives have been restricted due to HCM may be able to reduce symptoms and comorbidities.

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HCM - Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Calculator

This calculator is for use in calculating risk of sudden cardiac death in patients with HCM using the 2020 AHA/ACC Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Risk for Atrial Fibrillation in HCM

The HCM-AF Risk Calculator score provides patients, who have an HCM diagnosis, with individualized estimates of their risk for developing new-onset atrial fibrillation in the two-year and five-year periods following their evaluation.
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HCM Roundtable Report

Recognizing the importance of confronting HCM and the broad range of individuals working on various aspects of the disease, the AHA has hosted roundtable discussions. This report identifies steps needed to achieve an "ideal state" for HCM patients.


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The Guidelines-on-the-Go App features the 2020 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, plus so much more.

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American Heart Association's Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Initiative is sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb.