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Cardiac Disease in Women Remains Untreated for Decades
Date:1/26/2009

Though HCM Symptoms Identified, Versus Men

NEW YORK, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic heart disease that creates a thickening of the heart wall muscle and is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in children and young adults (<40). More importantly, although heart disease is the number one killer in women, the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (www.4HCM.org) warns women remain untreated for cardiac disease for decades, even though symptoms were identified earlier than their appropriately identified and treated male counterparts, according to the recent publication of a cohort of 1,228 HCM patients worldwide, in the Journal of Women's Health.

Of course it's vital to eat healthy, exercise, and reduce your risk factors by keeping your weight down, stop smoking, and get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly. However, it's perhaps more important to become educated and aware of the three major masquerading symptoms that signal HCM, but are too often misdiagnosed for other ailments such as Depression -- mistaken for "just fatigue;" Panic attacks -- which produce heart palpitations; or, Asthma -- which results in shortness of breath.

Early HCM detection by pre-screening, plus education and awareness in the medical community, and public at large, continues to be a crucial life-saving message on behalf of the HCMA. Estimated to affect one in 500 North Americans, HCM can be detected and treated allowing patients to live long, productive lives. HCM is not an uncommon heart disease. In fact, it is nearly seven times more common than Cystic Fibrosis. Each year, over 1700 Americans will die from HCM. Over fifty percent will be under the age of fifty four.

HCMA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1996 to provide information, support and advocacy to patients, their fami
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