Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Risk of Sudden Death
Some people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are at high risk for sudden death. If you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, your doctor will check your risk.
If you are at high risk, an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) might be right for you. An ICD can identify life-threatening arrhythmias and successfully restore a normal heartbeat.
To find out your risk, your doctor will do tests and ask you about your health and family history. Your doctor might check if you:1
Gersh BJ, et al. (2011). 2011 ACCF/AHA guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: A report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation, 124(24): e783–e831.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology|
|Last Revised||February 3, 2012|