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Finding Hope for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Living with a chronic disease like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be frustrating. But with the supportive care of leading cardiology experts, you’ll be empowered to continue living the life you love.

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Overview

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a heart condition characterized by abnormal thickening (“hypertrophy”) of the heart muscle, most often in the main pumping chamber called the left ventricle.

In HCM, the hypertrophy is due to disorganized muscle fibers, most likely present at birth. Thickening is progressive and can eventually obstruct outflow of blood from the left ventricle to the body. Early treatment is critical to prevent symptoms from becoming more severe or even fatal. 

Comprehensive Care for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy Risk Factors
  • A family history of cardiomyopathy
  • Heart failure
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Viral infection
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Alcoholism or drug abuse
  • Certain chemotherapy medicines
  • Conditions that can damage the heart, such as:
    • Amyloidosis
    • Hemochromatosis
    • Sarcoidosis
Diagnosing and Treating Cardiomyopathy

Diagnosis

Tests may include:

  • An echocardiogram
  • An electrocardiogram
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Genetic testing
  • Stress test

 

Treatment Options

Ablation Procedure

  • Removes extra heart tissue to reduce thickening
  • Helps heart perform better

Heart transplant (for a severely damaged heart)

Lifestyle changes

  • Stopping alcohol use
  • Monitoring salt intake

Medicines

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help your heart pump
  • Reduce excess fluid

Surgically implanted device that helps maintain proper heart rhythm

Surgical Options for Cardiomyopathy

If the obstruction of outflow of blood from the left ventricle to the body is extremely severe, the thickened heart muscle can be “trimmed” using one of two surgical techniques:

  • Alcohol septal ablation — A heart catheterization procedure used to introduce a catheter into one of the small arteries that brings blood to the abnormally thickened septum; alcohol is injected into the artery to reduce the size of the muscle.
  • Surgical myectomy — Open-heart surgery performed to cut away the portion of the muscle that is thickened, relieving the obstruction to blood flow. 

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Team

Dr. Marcos Hazday, MD
Cardiologist
Dr. Phillip Anderson III, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
Dr. George Monir, MD
Electrophysiologist
Scott J Pollak, MD
Electrophysiologist
Bhavya Trivedi, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Dr. Nirav Raval, MD
Medical Director of Thoracic Transplant
Dr. Nipun Arora, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
Dr. Rajesh Shah, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
Dr. Kevin Accola, MD
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Jorge A. Garcia, MD, FACC, FASE
Pediatric Cardiologist
Dr. Scott Silvestry, MD
Surgical Director of Thoracic Transplant
Frank Pigula, MD
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon
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An Expert Collaboration

Your whole health is our priority. The best way to support you in body, mind and spirit is to work together across our areas of expertise and take a highly coordinated approach. With our comprehensive program you will have access to the following teams:

  • Arrhythmia Specialists
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Geneticist
  • Imaging Specialists
  • Invasive Cardiology
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Transplant

Together we can provide the effective treatment you need and the compassionate care you deserve. 

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Expert Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Care

AdventHealth Orlando has been identified as an HCM Center of Excellence for our commitment to providing expert treatment to patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. We are the only center of excellence in Central Florida and are here to help patients feel strong, feel connected and feel whole through our quality of care. 

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Support With Every Beat

A strong community encourages a strong heart. From connecting you with others through our cardiac support groups to helping you navigate our financial assistance tools, we’re here to give you the guidance you need to feel whole.

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