Dr Michael Papadakis – Exercise in patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

On May 11 we hosted the first CRY Family Research Day, giving some of our supporters a chance to learn more about the massive impact of our research. 

CRY myheart cardiologist Dr Michael Papadakis spoke on CRY Research Fellow Dr Joyee Basu’s presentation, looking at exercise in patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). He noted the importance of “the quality of life of those who get diagnosed with a condition” alongside the perspective of cardiologists in studying these conditions.

Dr Papadakis talked about the importance of exercise in maintaining good health, but that it can also be a potential trigger for sudden death for individuals with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. “The problem that this creates…[is that] HCM patients don’t do any exercise, and about 60% of them fail to meet even the minimum physical activity recommendations.”

Dr Papadakis then discussed Dr Basu’s study in aiming to create a structured, individually tailored, supervised exercise programme for young individuals with HCM. “We hope that this will inform the exercise prescription in patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy,” Dr Papadakis said.

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