How Is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Diagnosed?
HCM is diagnosed primarily with imaging of the heart by echocardiogram or cardiac MRI. Genetic testing is presently used only to assess risk of HCM. Those diagnosed with HCM are tested. If an HCM-promoting mutation is found, their close relatives can then be tested for the same mutation, to see if they are at risk of developing HCM.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
- Echocardiogram (echo)
- Physical Examination
- Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMR Or MRI)
- Holter monitor, event monitor or loop recorder
It is not uncommon to see people diagnosed with asthma, anxiety attacks, panic attacks or some forms of depression, only to find that the underlying cause of the symptoms is HCM.
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- G. A. Fox 30 March 2021