Historically, patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were advised against exercise and sports participation, due to a perceived risk of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. However, recent work have indicated that sudden cardiac death occurs primarily during rest or light activity. In the present paper from IEMR, PhD student Kristine Andreassen and colleagues show that exercise performed during young age is associated with better diastolic function in these patients. The study was based on a questionnaire on exercise history and echocardiographic examination of 187 patients. The data are in line with personalized advice on exercise in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy recommended in recent guidelines.
The project is the result of a collaboration between the Stokke group at IEMR, and Profs. Kristina Haugaa and Thor Edvardsen at Dept. of Cardiology Rikshospitalet.