Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators can reduce sudden death in young patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

A multicenter registry has demonstrated that the use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) to combat sudden cardiac death in high-risk pediatric patients suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The study is being presented Nov. 5 at the 2012 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA) in Los Angeles. While the study found that the rate of…

Two essential cardiac disorders improvement in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Sudden cardiac death and heart failure are the most serious complications of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ( HCM ). To prevent these serious complications, 2 essential cardiac disorders in patients with HCM must be corrected. These are left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and LV diastolic dysfunction. In addition, the prognosis for HCM patients with an LV pressure gradient (hypertrophic…