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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

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The Washington University heart care specialists who treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) provide expert diagnosis and comprehensive medical and surgical management for patients. HCM is a common genetic cardiovascular disease, and many people with HCM have few or no symptoms. People who do experience symptoms may complain of shortness of breath, chest pain, or fainting. However, HCM can result in heart failure, stroke and sudden death. Exercise can be a trigger for a catastrophic event, either during or immediately after exertion.

The dedicated HCM team includes echocardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardiovascular geneticists.

Treatment options can include:

  • Medical management
  • Septal Myectomy
  • Alcohol septal ablation
  • Cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation

For more information, visit the Cardiovascular Diseases division website.