Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - Definition

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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a cardiac disease caused by a weight increase in the heart (more specifically, of its muscular fibers or myocardium). This pathology, which affects one person out of 500, leads to difficulty breathing, thoracic pains, palpitations, fainting, etc. Even more serious, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may be responsible for sudden death. Medical treatments nonetheless exist, and they are effective in the majority of cases.