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A Guide to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: For Patients, Their Families and Interested Physicians, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-67504-5
150 pages
February 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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Written by the authority on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and an HCM patient, and fully endorsed by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA), the leading advocacy and support organization, the 3rd Edition of this best-selling guide offers unparalleled insight into all aspects of living with and treating HCM.

Accessible and practical, A Guide to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy For Patients, Their Families and Interested Physicians 3rd Edition:

  • Answers the most pressing questions posed by patients, their families, and non-specialists
    health professionals involved in their care
  • Covers everything from what is HCM and initial diagnosis of this increasingly prevalent
    condition to the latest treatment options
  • Reflects the first-ever HCM guidelines published by the American Heart Association in 2011



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Acknowledgments and Dedications vii

Foreword viii

Introduction: Tips for using this book x

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) 1

Historical perspective and names 3

How common is HCM? 5

What is the cause of HCM? 8

Structure of the heart 14

Heart function in HCM 21

Left ventricular outflow obstruction 22

When does HCM develop? 25

Gender and race 27

What are the symptoms of HCM? 28

How is HCM diagnosed and what tests are used? 31

 Other tests that may be useful in assessing HCM in selected patients 38

Inaccurate diagnosis 40

General outlook for patients with HCM 40

Complications of HCM 43

Special considerations: athletes and sports activities 53

Treatments for HCM 55

Special considerations for implantable defibrillators 65

Obstructive sleep apnea and HCM 78

Gene therapy and stem cells 78

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) 79

HCM as a chronic disease: Is a cure available? 80

Are you newly diagnosed? 82

Adapting psychologically to HCM 84

Family screening 87

What about having children? pregnancy and delivery 89

Routine medical care 91

Community screening for HCM 96

Community outreach 97

Driving 98

Traveling 99

Military service 100

Social security benefits 101

Family and Medical Leave Act 103

Health insurance 103

Life insurance 105

Students 105

HCM centers 106

Support and advocacy groups (HCMA) 107

What research is being conducted? 110

The 36 most frequently asked questions about HCM that are addressed to the HCMA by patients, caregivers, and family members 112

Glossary 123

Further reading 130

HCMA membership application 135

Index 137

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Barry J. Maron, MD, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Minneapolis, MN, USA; and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA; and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN, USA

Lisa Salberg, Founder and CEO, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA), Hibernia, NJ, USA

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