Happy New Year everyone!
I’ve recently run across two articles in the news that mention hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Yeah, the spell checker doesn’t get it. Anyway, my Dad was diagnosed with HCM a year and a half ago and had open heart surgery end of 2010. The doc told him it can be genetic and possible his kids could have it. I was diagnosed with HCM a year ago. Thankfully not a severe case, but still something that needs attention.
With HCM muscles in the heart are thicker than normal causing restricted blood flow. An often accompanying problem is the mitral valve does not work efficiently because it either doesn’t close properly or hits the thickened muscle aiding the restriction of blood flow. One symptom is sudden black out and fainting, both of which I’ve had in the past. My grandpa died suddenly from a heart attack when we has 60, but I wonder if he also had undiagnosed HCM. There’s more to it, but I’d have to explain it in person. (Anyone want to come to China just so I can explain HCM?)
Since last January I’m becoming more aware of how HCM affects me and my limitations. The best part is that now I know why I get so tired so quickly. Before I thought it was because I was SOOO out of shape. While that was/is true at times I pushed myself too hard and felt guilty for being such a wimp. I am trying to work out regularly; keep the heart healthy and loose weight. I lost 20+ pounds in the past year. Mostly focusing on changing eating habits instead of dieting.
So that’s that. You’ll probably hear more about this from me as I learn. Below are the two articles I mentioned. The last one is not very enlightening, but interesting if you wonder why sometimes athletes keel over dead!! The first link is a heartbreaker. This young man had a severe case of HCM that was diagnosed early. From what I’ve heard that usually means it’s more severe.