Freaking out a bit - Upcoming surgery!
I was officially diagnosed with HCM about 3 years ago, however i have been feeling the symptoms since childhood. I always felt something was wrong, and been to the cardiologist many times and they didn’t find anything until about 8 years ago, a very pronounced murmur appeared and they were looking into what was causing it. They didn’t diagnose me then, however they wanted to keep an eye on the murmur, so every year i get an Echo. 3 years ago they found the HCM, and this year it is now considered obstructed, which i believe is HOCM? My cardiologist said i will need a myectomy. This next monday i am headed to the cath lab for them to take a closer look. Not sure what happens next. I’m freaking out. Been reading other posts, trying to learn more about the surgery and what to expect. Sounds like this is an open heart procedure? I think that scares me most. I am 51 years old. Over the last couple of years i have really slowed down, and get fatigued quickly, chest pain, strange heart beats and sensations. And over the last few years i have been dealing with severe anxieties because of this. I am on a few meds for the HCM as well as other meds for diabetes. Is this an open heart procedure? Thankfully i live in the phoenix area, so there is a mayo clinic here. A few years ago, i never heard of HCM. Up until a week ago, i didn’t know they could surgically treat it. there seems to be lots of peoples stories here with some great information. Some of it is scary and most seems to be positive. Not sure why I am posting, but when i describe this to my family, they don’t seem to understand this is kinda serious. I guess i just needed to relate to someone who understand this.