Q. Can I know whether left ventricular hypertrophy is hereditary?

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Jul 15, 2018 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

My mother died four months ago, due to cardiac arrhythmia which was caused by left ventricular hypertrophy. Can I know whether left ventricular hypertrophy is hereditary as I am frightened for me and for my children?

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine


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Hypertrophy is a general term and it includes multiple individual diseases. Do you have her echo report or any other medical reports of the heart? The first possibility in her case is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is certainly hereditary and all the first degree relatives should be screened for the same. Also, was she hypertensive? As it can also cause hypertrophy and ventricular arrhythmias may also have other causes like blockages. There are also diseases which can cause hypertrophy and ventricular arrhythmias. So, we need some reports either echo report or autopsy report for the definitive diagnosis. If none of these is available, then you need to undergo screening.

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