Thick Heart Muscle – HOCM

Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Lim offers Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (Thick Heart Muscle HOCM ) in her cardiology clinic at  Singapore which The thickening of the heart muscle and it is often linked to a genetic disease. It occurs when the abnormality of the muscle cell proteins won’t allow the muscle to contract properly, the muscular wall between the two ventricles becomes asymmetrically enlarged. What happens here is that since the walls are enlarged, the chambers where the blood flows become smaller. When the chamber narrows down, which could be due to a blockage, it may decrease the ability of the heart to pump blood around the body.

Thick Heart Muscle or Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is hereditary. If one of your parents has this gene defect, there is 50% chance you will inherit it too. Other causes may be acquired through uncontrolled high blood pressure, ageing or due to Athlete’s Heart. It may be due to uncontrolled high blood pressure or due to athlete’s heart.

What are the symptoms of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy(Thick Heart Muscle HOCM)?

In some cases, one may not show any symptoms at all. This is fatal as one who may be experiencing this could result in sudden death. 

What you need to watch out for is:

  • Shortness of breath on exercise
  • may faint during exercise

What is the treatment for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

As of the moment, there is no cure for HOCM but there are treatments available to prevent further complications and it would also depend on the severity of your heart condition as to what medication you should take. Others also use a pacemaker to control the heart rate and ICD (Implantable cardioverter defibrillator) for people who have an abnormal heart rhythm.

If you show signs of Thick Heart Muscle or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or believe that you are suffering from it, contact Heart specialist Dr Lim Ing Haan Cardiology Clinic immediately today for an accurate diagnosis.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy - Dr. Lim Ing Haan Cardiology Clinic