Many people who have hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy don't have symptoms and don't need treatment. If you do have symptoms, your treatment will depend on what your symptoms are and
whether you develop heart failure or an abnormal heart rhythm.
You may take medicines to treat symptoms such
as shortness of breath and chest pain.
If you get a serious heart rhythm problem such as
atrial fibrillation, you may take medicines to control your heart rate or rhythm and to prevent blood clots. Or you may get
cardioversion, an electrical shock to return the heart
to its normal rhythm.
If medicines don't work and your heart isn't pumping blood well, you might have a procedure to reduce the size of the overgrown part of your heart. The overgrown part can be removed with a surgery called myectomy. Or it can be destroyed by injecting alcohol into the
artery that supplies that part of the heart. This procedure is called nonsurgical septal reduction, or alcohol septal ablation.
What can you do at home for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?
Avoid strenuous activity and intense exercise. Your doctor can tell you what level
of exercise and what kinds of activities are safe for you.
Be active at a safe level to help keep your heart and body healthy.
If you smoke, quit. Your doctor can tell you about medicines and counseling that can help you quit for good.
Drink plenty of fluids
(unless your doctor has told you to limit
your fluid intake).
Get checkups as often as your doctor recommends.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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