Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the #1 cause of sudden death on the field in athletes.

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Nearly 1 in 500 people have this often undetected condition in which thickened heart tissue makes it difficult for blood to leave the heart. As a result, the heart must work harder to pump out the blood.

Providence provides HCM screening for the USC athletes and marching band
Providence screens USC athletes
& marching band for HCM

Symptoms may include the following, though, often there are no noticeable signs.

  • Chest pain
  • Fainting during exercise
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or Light-headedness
  • Fatigue

Some people with HCM have no symptoms, and the disease doesn't affect their lives. In rare instances, though, people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can have sudden cardiac arrest during vigorous physical activity.

This is often the determined cause of death when young athletes experience fatal cradiac events during practice or a sporting event. 

Fortunately, ultrasound technology detects HCM with a simple non-invasive 10-minute procedure. Providence Health's Claude W. Smith, MD School of Cardiovascular Technology offers this technology, known as the Gold Standard in screening for HCM, for a steep discount as a service to the community through regularly scheduled screening events. Participants do not need insurance or a doctor's referral to be screened at these events, though advance registration is required. 

Our scheduled screening events are listed on our calendar page here under the category Cardiac Screening.

 Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) screening for young athletes