Hot Topics — Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sudden death and implantable defibrillators

Steve R. Ommen, M.D., director, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic at Mayo Clinic, reviews risk factors for sudden cardiac death in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He introduces two risk factor identification tools appropriate for reviewing risk. Dr. Ommen emphasizes the importance of discussing implantable cardiac defibrillators in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, including risks of implantation.

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