Who is affected by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common genetic cardiovascular disease. An estimated 1 in 500 adults have this condition. It often develops early in life, from the teens through the mid-30s.1 Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may be more common than previously thought in people older than age 60, and some doctors encourage more frequent testing of this age group.


  1. Ommen SR, et al. (2008). Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In V Fuster et al., eds., Hurst's the Heart, 12th ed., pp. 822–850. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical.

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