(HCM) is a condition in which there is an abnormal thickening of the heart that can cause sudden death in athletes.
Symptoms generally occur during exertion and might include shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, chest pain, palpitations and/or fainting.
Unfortunately, the first symptom is often sudden death due to severe arrhythmias or fatal heart rhythms.
Why Get An Echocardiogram?
What are the risks?
Athletes in the prime of their life and career are particularly susceptible to this “Silent Cardiac Killer” that often occurs without any warning following exertion from sports. It is now known that 1 in 500 people are affected. Usual testing does not detect HCM – many athletes have normal EKGs prior to having their fatal event.