Routine Examination Of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?
Hello,. Do sufferers of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (genetic / hereditary) need to do routine health checks? If so, what forms of examination must be passed?
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First of all, you should explain first, are you aware of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy from an examination done for yourself, or your immediate family (parent, sibling, or child) diagnosed with this disease?
Basically hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (or simply abbreviated as HCM / hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) is indeed a genetic disease that is inherited autosomal dominant. Therefore the possibility of HCM in direct families is very high. If your immediate family has HCM, then all of your immediate family must get an HCM check as well. Screening is recommended to be carried out annually for family members aged 12-18 years, and every 5 years for family members over the age of 18 years. This screening includes physical examination, ECG or heart rhythm examination, and echocardiography or cardiac ultrasound. Other examinations can be recommended according to clinical indications determined by the doctor. If indeed an abnormality is found from the screening carried out, the doctor may recommend a more extensive examination and more frequent control. Provision of drugs or other measures can also be recommended if there are indications.
If you have indeed been diagnosed with HCM, then your entire immediate family must undergo screening for HCM. You yourself will also undergo standard examinations such as ECG and echocardiography, but it can be recommended to undergo other tests such as stress tests, portable EKGs (ECGs that can be carried around and used continuously to see any heart rhythm disorders that can occur at any time), or MRI of the heart. These other checks will be recommended if there are indeed indications. Discuss with your cardiologist if indeed you or your family have been diagnosed with HCM.
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