We are raising money to support the Milford fire departments scholarship fund and Also for HCM awareness The scholarship is $250.00 and given to a graduating senior that is going to continue on in community services. We are a 100% volunteer membership and the department is funded by donations and grants. Please help us continue this scholarship for years to come.
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What is HCM ?
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is most often caused by abnormal genes in the heart muscle. These genes cause the walls of the heart chamber (left ventricle) to become thicker than normal.
The thickened walls may become stiff and this can reduce the amount of blood taken in and pumped out to the body with each heartbeat.
Signs, Symptoms and Risks
Some people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy don’t have symptoms while others may only feel symptoms with exercise or exertion. Some people may not have signs or symptoms in the early stages of the disease but may develop them over time.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of HCM is important. It can help with getting an early diagnosis when treatment may be most effective.
Signs and symptoms of HCM include:
- Chest pain, especially with physical exertion
- Shortness of breath, especially with physical exertion
- Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms)
- Fainting (syncope)
- Swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, abdomen
HCM is a chronic disease that can get worse over time. This can lead to poorer function and quality of life, long-term complications and more financial and social burden.
People with HCM may need to make lifestyle changes, such as limiting their activity, to adjust for their disease.
As HCM progresses, it can cause other health problems. People with HCM are at higher risk for developing atrial fibrillation, which can lead to blood clots, stroke and other heart-related complications. HCM may also lead to heart failure. It can also lead to sudden cardiac arrest, but this is rare.
HCM has been regarded as the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in young people and competitive athletes in North America, although it is rare