Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Fall 2014

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Patrhophysiology

Professor’s Name

John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo


Heart Disease, Treatment, Hereditary Diseases

Subject Categories

Cardiovascular Diseases | Medical Pathology | Nursing


Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy or HOCM, is a genetic disease that is described as hypertrophy or enlargement of the left ventricle which obstructs the blood flow to the body (Yue-Cheng et al., 2012). HOCM is a disease that cannot be cure, but can be treated. One of the main goals of treatment is to focus on treating the symptoms. HOCM can be asymptomatic or symptomatic and can cause some major complications. Some of the complications of HOCM are arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death, “which is defined as natural death to due cardiac causes, heralded by abrupt loss of consciousness within one hour of the onset of acute symptoms” (Spiritio et al, 2009, p. 1704).



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