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HCM: How to Know the Masquerader When You See it

Approximately 1 in 500 to 1 in 200 people in the US may have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious, progressive, often heritable myocardial disease.1 An estimated 85% remain undiagnosed.2

HCM symptoms—including dyspnea, fatigue, chest pain, palpitations and syncope—can mimic other cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions.1,3-5 Cardiac imaging, including echocardiography, is the key to a differential diagnosis.1

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1Ommen SR et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020;76(25): e159-e240.

2Maron MS et al. Am J Cardiol. 2016;117:1651e1654.

3Sankaranarayanan R et al. Arrhythm Electrophysiol Rev. 2013;2(1):36-40

4Mayo Clinic. Asthma: symptoms and causes. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/symptoms-causes/syc-20369653. Accessed February 13, 2020.

5Mayo Clinic. COPD: symptoms and causes. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/copd/symptoms-causes/syc-20353679. Accessed February 13, 2020.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is tricky to recognize and mimics symptoms of several other conditions

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