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  • left ventricle

    this is for one of the moderators...

    does HCM affect the left ventricle the majority of cases? When I read material regarding HCM, the left ventricle is mentioned almost all of the time. If so, why? thanks!
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

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    Yes. It is almost always the LV and/or the septum. Actually, I haven't any idea why. I never thought to ask.




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      I think it is because the left ventricle works substantially harder than the right ventricle in all people. I think this has something to do with pressure differences and flow characteristics, but most importantly the right ventricle only has to pump blood to the lungs (a pretty short trip) and the left ventricle pumps blood throughout the body from the toes to the brain, through all organs, and so forth.

      Thus, the left ventricle always has more developed muscles than the right. And HCM shows up as the myocardial muscle tissue develops.



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