Because of the risk of sudden death, it is important for people who have Reference hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Opens New Window to avoid too much strenuous activity and intense exercise. Sudden death in people who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can occur during or just after strenuous physical activity. Talk to your doctor about what level of exercise and what kinds of activities are safe. Because dehydration can also make symptoms in people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy worse, prolonged activity in hot weather is not recommended.
The following self-care is also important:
- Be active at low aerobic levels to help keep your heart and body healthy. Ask your doctor about activities that are safe for you.
- If you smoke, Reference try to quit. Medicines and counseling can help you quit for good.
- Stay well hydrated (unless you have heart failure or another medical condition and need to limit your fluid intake).
Follow your doctor's recommendations for regular exams to monitor your condition.
Because some people who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may be at increased risk for sudden death, it is a good idea for family members to learn CPR (Reference cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 23, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Reference George Philippides, MD - Cardiology