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I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. How can I cope with this?

I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. How can I cope with this?

Knowledge=power: Most important is to understand what this diagnosis means, and what the risk is to you as an individual. The manifestation of this genetic abnormality is extremely variable, so you cannot assume what you read about applies to your case. A cardiologist with experience in this disease can advise you on your risk of heart arrhythmia, as well as exercise that should be safe, or avoided, in your case. ...Read more

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Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, anyway I can do?

I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, anyway I can do?

HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a serious risk factor for sudden death with exertion. See your cardiologist to discuss the risk before participating in any competitive sports or heavy exertional exercise. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, anyway i can prolong my life ?

What to do if I have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, anyway i can prolong my life ?

HOCM: We presently have no uniformly effective treatment for hocm. It is prudent to take care of your other health risk factors as much as possible and discuss forms of prudent exercise with your doctor. ...Read more

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Last Year I Was Diagnosed With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Can This In Any Way Be Related To Me Feeling Panic Attack Symptoms. How Can This Relate?

Not directly: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy comes in many degrees of virulence....depending on genetics, thickness of walls, etc. Some individuals are more predisposed than others to arrhythmias and/or PVCS (felt as palpitations). This indirectly can lead to panic attacks if you get very worried when you feel palpitations. Otherwise, no, HOCM does not directly lead to panic attack. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have asymmetrical septal hypertrophy and no signs of obstructive cardiomyopathy can I do exercise?

Can you tell me if I have asymmetrical septal hypertrophy and no signs of obstructive cardiomyopathy can I do exercise?

Complicated question: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is one of the diseases that increases the risk of sudden death with exercise. The individual risks are hard to predict, although there are factors such as extreme hypertrophy that appear to increase risk. While some level of exercise may be possible, it is absolutely important that you discuss this in detail with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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How can I mentally deal with a diagnosis of idiopathic gastroparesis?

How can I mentally deal with a diagnosis of idiopathic gastroparesis?

Reduce stress: Stress reduction is very important. Followup with your physician regularly and discussed other treatments that may improve the gastroparesis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy , should I stop sports ?

HOCM: We do not recommend competitive sports in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. You should discuss your status along with do's and don't s with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnoised with COPD / chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can anyone tell me about it am 48 yr?

What to do if I have been diagnoised with COPD / chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can anyone tell me about it am 48 yr?

COPD...: COPD is a slowly progressive lung disease usually caused by smoking. Quitting smoking is essential to slowing the disease progression. Treatment usually involves bronchodilator and steroid inhalers to alleviate symptoms. If your oxygen level is low enough, supplemental oxygen therapy will also slow disease progression. See a lung doctor for both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy , so can I do sports ?

Diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy , so can I do sports ?

HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a serious risk factor for sudden death with exertion. See your cardiologist to discuss the risk before participating in any competitive sports or heavy exertional exercise. ...Read more

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I recently fit tested for a respirator and was told I may suffer from a superimposed Obstructive Pulmonary impairment? How can I fix this?

I recently fit tested for a respirator and was told I may suffer from a superimposed Obstructive Pulmonary impairment? How can I fix this?

Need diagnosis...: Before it can be treated, you first need a definite diagnosis. You will need a pulmonary function test to see if you have obstruction in your airways and if it is reversible with bronchodilators or not. Your family doctor can order the test and then it will be interpreted by a lung doctor. You may need to see a lung doctor, depending on what the test shows. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have problem of execessive sleep and I am diagnosed with hypothryroid. How can I deal with it.

I  have problem of execessive sleep  and I am  diagnosed with hypothryroid. How can I deal with it.

Low Thyroid: Not unusual to have insomnia with low thyroid function. Discuss with your endocrinologist your current thyroid status, and how much that may contribute to your insomnia. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation what can I expect?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation what can I expect?

Tends to recur: AF tends to recur. Not always, but usually. At your age (38), you don't need anticoagulation unless you have diabetes, CHF, or hx of stroke. The symptoms are annoying but not dangerous. Medications, if your spells are frequent enough to warrant treatment, can help. Ablation is indicated if you fail at least 1 medicine. ...Read more

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Please help, how much or how often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Please help, how much or how often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Depends on level: If your oxygen level, on room air, is over 90% at rest and with walking, you won't need oxygen. In fact, you won't even qualify for oxygen therapy at home until your level goes down to 88%. Thus, simply having that diagnosis of ipf doesn't necessarily mean you will need oxygen. Now, many people with ipf do need oxygen, but it doesn't necessarily need so. ...Read more

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How can I cure hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy without surgery?

No cure: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (hcm) is a genetic disease of the heart muscle. There is no "cure" for hcm. In some cases, if there is severe obstruction to left ventricular outflow, surgery is recommended to relieve the obstruction, but the patient still has hcm. Best care is delivered by a cardiac team with special expertise in hcm. ...Read more

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What can I do about a long terminal diagnosis? How can I cope?

What can I do about a long terminal diagnosis? How can I cope?

Coping: I am sorry to hear you are suffering and have a long term diagnosis.. You should seek out a counselor you feel comfortable with, and ask at hospitals and clinics if there are support groups with members going through same illness. Having good friends to lean on also helps and not isolating yourself - staying busy to the extent you can in social settings. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a arachnoid cyst, what can I do besides surgery to live with this?

I have been diagnosed with a arachnoid cyst, what can I do besides surgery to live with this?

Likely benign: Arachnoid cysts are congenital lesions and if you have made it into adulthood, it is unlikely to need any intervention . If surgery is recommended, make sure to find out why as unless there are progressive neurological deficits directly attributable to the cyst, surgery is not indicated. ...Read more

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I have atrial septal defect. Can i exercise still? What can I do to prevent worsening of right ventricular hypertrophy from to asd before surgery?

I have atrial septal defect. Can i exercise still? What can I do to prevent worsening of right ventricular hypertrophy from to asd before surgery?

Yes: You may continue to exercise normally. It would be prudent to abstain from scuba diving. The enlargement of the right heart is caused by the extra volume of blood flowing into the right heart through the asd. It will improve after the ASD is closed. ...Read more

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I have a congenital heart problem, can someone help me understand it?

I have a congenital heart problem, can someone help me understand it?

Congenital: There are many different congenital heart problems. To help you understand yours, we must know what your congenital heart problem is. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Complete evaluation: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is potentially dangerous, but very manageable. A complete assessment by a physician who is well versed in the condition is very important. Until that evaluation occurs, you should avoid overly stressful activities such as competitive sports. Symptoms of palpitations, dizziness or fainting warrant a more urgent assessment. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Hocm is a condition of local muscular obstruction to the outflow of blood from the heart. It is part of the spectrum of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is abnormally thick heart ...Read more


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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

A disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver ...Read more