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Development of cardiac hypertrophy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Hypertension and Heart Disease
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User :   My husband of 41 years of age had an enlarged heart and passed away three weeks ago. We did not know of his condition until after the autopsy was done. I have two daughters ages 11 and 5. Is having an enlarged heart hereditary? Should I be concerned for my daughters? My 11 year old enjoys running cross country. Should I allow her to continue.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Yes you can allow her
Doctor :   The condition is called hypertropy of heart
User :   ok
Doctor :   This is rather a condition developed than inherited
Doctor :   Very rarely inherited
Doctor :   And less common in females
User :   that's good news
User :   is there something I should keep an eye out on them
Doctor :   Its an autosomal domionant disease which has a very rare occurance
User :   what causes it?
Doctor :   Yes do keep an eye on Their obesity
Doctor :   And healthy living habits
Doctor :   Its a issue with the genes
User :   please explain more...
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Autosomal disorder means there is a gene which is affected ( morphology) which leads to hypertropy of the heart
Doctor :   This changes occur during development of heart tissues at bith
Doctor :   At the stage of embryo4
Doctor :   The only precaution is to do regular cardiac check up after 40's
User :   could this be detected before age 40?
Doctor :   Its more prone to affect with sedantry life style
User :   what is sedantry life style
Doctor :   Yes an Echocardiogram will confirm the diagnosis
Doctor :   No outdoor activity, lazy lifestyle
Doctor :   Did you follow me
User :   yes
User :   He had a EKG? Could the EKG detected something?
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
Doctor :   Not EKG will require Echo
Doctor :   Because the later detects the morphology
Doctor :   The Ekg will detect funtional abnormality
User :   oh i understand.
User :   now back to my daughters. So you say keeping them at a good weight and healthy eating will help prevent this type of diagnoses. plus them being female is a plus.
Doctor :   Yes
User :   ok thank you.
Doctor :   There are less chances of them inherting the condition too
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   wait
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Proceed
User :   what do you mean less chances of them inherting the condition...i thought it wasn't hereditary
Doctor :   Its rarely acquired that too more in males
User :   should I alarm his brother to get himself checked.
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   Its an autosomal domionant disease which has a very rare occurance
Doctor :   But better to have a work up on cardiac always better after 40
User :   his brother is over 40.
User :   thank you, again.
Doctor :   Then ask him to have an complete workup
Doctor :   Bye for now
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