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Some people who have
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are at high risk for
sudden death. If you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, your doctor will check your risk.
If you are at high risk, an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) might be right for you. An ICD
can identify life-threatening
arrhythmias and successfully restore a normal
To find out your risk, your doctor will do tests and ask you about your health and family history. Your doctor might check if you:1
Gersh BJ, et al. (2011). 2011 ACCF/AHA guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: A report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation, 124(24): e783–e831.
July 23, 2012
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
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