Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

We hear it far too often: A young athlete collapses and dies, their youth and athleticism proving to be a cruel camouflage for a time bomb ticking within their seemingly-invincible body - Nancy Brown

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

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Revealed: The molecular mechanism underlying hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or “workaholic heart”

What's the difference between a flamingo and a human heart? Let me count the ways. Here's one: Flamingos beat their wings, but hearts just beat. Stay with me for a minute and you'll see how they're both alike.

The big throbby thing in the middle of your chest — your heart — is made mostly of muscle, whose rhythmic contractions force some 2,000 gallons a day of blood throughout our bodies. About one in every 500 of us is born with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic disease caused by one of numerous mutations that, mysteriously, cause heart muscle to contract with too much force.

A team led by Stanford scientists has figured out what many of these seemingly disparate…

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