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Asymmetric Septal Hypertrophy and Receiving Social Security Disability

Your heart is the very center of your cardiovascular system. It is the organ that pumps blood to every cell in your body through your body’s blood vessels. Your blood has oxygen that your cells have to have in order to function and survive. Cardiomyopathy literally means “heart muscle disease”. It is used in reference to the deterioration of the working of your heart muscle (myocardium). Cardiomyopathy is a medical condition that impedes your heart’s capacity to pump blood. Asymmetric septal hypertrophy is a type of cardiomyopathy in which your heart muscle (myocardium) becomes abnormally thick or hypertrophied. This thickening makes it more difficult for blood to leave your heart. This, then, forces your heart to work harder in order to pump blood. Asymmetrical septal hypertrophy may also affect the electrical system of your heart. Fortunately, asymmetric septal hypertrophy is rare. It affects about 1 in 500 people in the United States. People of all ages may develop asymmetric septal hypertrophy. When younger people get this condition, it is more prone to be a serious form of asymmetric septal hypertrophy. This condition affects men and women equally. One of the main causes of asymmetric septal hypertrophy is genetic mutations. Doctors believe that these genetic mutations cause your heart muscle to become abnormally thick. Another factor that may play a part in the occurrence of this disease is an abnormal arrangement of your heart’s muscle fibers. This can play a role in causing you to have an irregular heartbeat. The primary risk factor for asymmetric septal hypertrophy is heredity. Children of people with this condition have a 50% chance of inheriting the genetic mutation for asymmetric septal hypertrophy. Some people have no signs or symptoms with asymmetric septal hypertrophy. They do not even know that they have the condition until it is discovered during a routine medical exam. However, there are several signs and symptoms that you may experience with this condition. Some of these include: