Pediatric Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Pediatric Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy


What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, also known as idiopathic hypertophic subaortic stenosis (IHSS), is a genetic disease that leads to thickening of the heart muscle. It is usually asymmetrical, meaning one side of the heart is thicker than the other.

What are the symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia)

How common is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common genetic heart condition, affecting about 1 in every 300 people in the U.S., or more than 1 million people.

The Heart Center at Children’s Health has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA), making it one of 30 Centers of Excellence nationwide and the first designated center in North Texas.

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