A group of cardiologists is changing the conversation about a form of heart disease and exercise. One patient details how she’s maintaining an active lifestyle while minimizing risk. [...]
Enhancing the Quality of Life of Competitive Athletes
Jump Start Your Heart, Inc is a private 501 (c) non profit organization that will strive to enhance the quality of life of competitive athletes one by one through the dynamic power of identifying cardiovascular abnormalities and detecting the obstructive form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This condition is the most common cause of sudden death in young athletes. Also, we will educate athletes, their families, athletic staffers, and the public as a whole on the importance of cardiovascular participation screening, heart disease, nutrition and exercise.
What Is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)?
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a condition in which a portion of the heart becomes thickened without an obvious cause. This results in the heart being less able to pump blood effectively. Symptoms vary from none to feeling tired, leg swelling, and shortness of breath. It may also result in chest pain or fainting. Complications include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat, and sudden cardiac death. It is type of cardiomyopathy, a group of diseases that primarily affects the heart muscle. Diagnosis often involves an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, and stress testing.