HCM-ers: Introduce yourself or just say hi

Welcome to the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) group on Mayo Clinic Connect – a place where you can connect with others, learn about living HCM, share experiences and exchange useful information.

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I’m Colleen, and I’m the moderator of this group, and Community Director of Connect. I look forwarding to welcoming you and introducing you to other members.

Why not start by introducing yourself here?

@neha4

Hi I’m Neha from India…my 6year old son has HCM ..already had two surgeries…gredient StilL 90..doc suggesting another open heart surgery…

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Thanks

@neha4

Hi I’m Neha from India…my 6year old son has HCM ..already had two surgeries…gredient StilL 90..doc suggesting another open heart surgery…

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Hi kanaaz Pereira..he was not having any problem..at regular check up he was diagnosed with some murmur doctor suggested us for 2d eco..after that we came to know that he is having HCM with COA …at 5 months of age he was operated for COA hoping that HCM will improve .but it didn’t help nd later at 1.7 years of age he had another surgery for SCAM…he is under medical supervision nd at present is gredient is 90 Nd doc are sugesting for another surgery..at present he is taking metarol 25 mg twice a day…we have been told that there is no medicine to cure HCM .Is there any further development which can cure HCM.
Their is no family history of HCM

@jshah

Hi

Has anyone got the MAZE Procedure done with the Septal Myectomy surgery?

If you did the MAZE Procedure how was it and are there side effects????????? please help with this question..

What is the worst case scenario is the Septal Myectomy surgery?

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Hi @jshah,

@cabgx6maze517 has written about having Cardiac Artery Bypass Graft x6 with Maze procedure; you can see his comments here:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hi-everyone-i-am-glad-to-be-a-part-of-this-community/
@patinhou was also considering the mini-maze procedure. See her comment here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/good-morning-im-almost-66-years-old-with-infrequent-afib-and-on/

@jshah, may I ask why your husband is considering the Maze surgery with the septal myectomy surgery?

Hi Jim Hoffman here. Have gone from marathon runner to barely able to walk around the block. Sound bitter? Yes a bit. I am 81 plus and I guess I should be thankful that I am currently getting up each day. I will try to be more cheerful in the future.

@jshah

Hi

Has anyone got the MAZE Procedure done with the Septal Myectomy surgery?

If you did the MAZE Procedure how was it and are there side effects????????? please help with this question..

What is the worst case scenario is the Septal Myectomy surgery?

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Septal myectomy should make you feel alot better afterward. It will relieve the obstruction your heart is feeling. As for the MAZE, that is usually only done for patients who also have atrial fibrillation before myectomy. The hope is that it will restore you to normal sinus rhythm. I have not had one. It is not that common, but it is not uncommon either. I hope that helps somewhat. Sorry I can’t be more specific. As it is open heart surgery, of course, there is always the risk that something will go wrong. However, at an expert center like Mayo, the chances of that are very small.

Wishing you all the best.

@jhoffmanj

Hi Jim Hoffman here. Have gone from marathon runner to barely able to walk around the block. Sound bitter? Yes a bit. I am 81 plus and I guess I should be thankful that I am currently getting up each day. I will try to be more cheerful in the future.

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Are you being treated for your symptoms? It sounds like you could definitely use some help. Have you been seen at the Mayo HCM Clinic or any other HCM center?

I have introduced myself already but did not know where to post on thread of my post surgical of HOCM. I am three days past. Wow pain and very short of breath. The hardest thing to do is cough to clear the lungs. Best suggestion I can give is your respiratory care helper. Become their best friends. Pain levels are holding around 8 on day three but pain meds are helpful. Do not try to be a hero. Use the pain relievers. As long as I am not in pain, I can slowly walk with a walker and get myself up to potty. Eating is off. Can drink well. bowls a issue. So how did surgery go? Well I am so thankful I did not put it off anymore. I was obstructed more than thought. 80% is scary. Dr.s thought it was 69, Lesson here, the drs do not know what they can know until they put their eyes on the inside of your heart. Valves fixed as well as could be. a slight leak left on the mitral valve. It was necessary in me to get out quickly as the body was stressing. Daily there a good times. Without the drugs to push forward, this would be misery
.

@jshah

Hi

Has anyone got the MAZE Procedure done with the Septal Myectomy surgery?

If you did the MAZE Procedure how was it and are there side effects????????? please help with this question..

What is the worst case scenario is the Septal Myectomy surgery?

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Hi Kanaazpereira

Thank you for your reply. My husband also has Afib and I guess for that reason doctor’s were saying may be u should do MAZE Procedure as well. It seems like there are side effects to that. I wanted to see if someone did this procedure and how do they feel.

How are people dealing with stress and fear of surgery??? We have 2 little kids and I am freaking out…what is the worst that can happen. My husband is scead too but he is not saying it out loud but I feel that..

@cynaburst

Hello everyone and welcome to the new HCM Community on Mayo Clinic Connect. I am one of the mentors here and got involved with Mayo Clinic and its HCM program when I traveled to Mayo over ten years ago now to have a myectomy. I was so impressed with the treatment I got at Mayo, and became so convinced of the importance of being treated at a specialty center, that since then I have worked to spread the word about how to live well with HCM. The most critical thing is, whether you need surgery, or medical treatment, or anything else related to HCM, having a team that is knowledgeable about HCM is so important.

As far as my HCM story, I have a long family history with HCM. I lost my grandfather, uncle and father to the disease. I have had an ICD for 14 years, and had a myectomy 10.5 years ago. I had my son knowing I had the disease and my father lived most of his life with the disease, so I have pretty much lived through or witnessed just about every stage of HCM. All of these experiences led me to create two blogs about my experiences with HCM and to help educate patients about it.

The first blog: http://www.cynthiassummeradventure.blogspot.com is about my myectomy experience at Mayo Clinic. At the time it served as a updating tool for my friends and family, but since then it has helped lots of folks learn what to expect as they prepare for myectomy.

I recently created http://www.HCMBeat.com which is a collection of resources about HCM as well as news of interest about the disease, new treatments, people living with the disease, etc.

Anyway, that is about it for me right now. Please join the conversation and tell us about you and your HCM story. We would love to hear about you and your own experiences. One thing that I have really learned while navigating HCM myself is that it makes such a difference to have others who have been there before to guide you along the way and help you feel less alone. Through my interactions with other patients, I had the strength to seek my myectomy surgery, I have learned about the disease and how to live best with it, and many other common sense tips that have made a huge difference in how I successfully live my life today.

I hope that this community will do the same for someone else so the word will continue to spread.

Welcome all, and I hope to hear more from you.

Cynthia

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Hello, this question may have been asked and answered, but I didn’t see it. I live in Mississippi and was diagnosed in Feb ‘17 with HOCM. My local family doctor has suggested I see a specialist as a proactive measure. I have had an echo and electocardiogram from our local cardiologist. Where would you suggest I go? I follow another group that list the HCM Centers of Excellence but I just don’t know where to begin. Any input is appreciated.

@colleenyoung

Hi Connect HCM-ers
@cynaburst @lynnkay1956 @PatMattos @Sensation @ronaldpetrovich @rmcmillan @lepadelford @catiemorris @wandikarnadi @barbararickard @FrancineFafard @lisa7 @lucindag @23273333 @predictable @li @margie11 @fishinglady @uptodate68 @wandikarnadi @lisa7 @Komalin
@quinn @mistymopps3 @bibi12 @woodywood @lisab62 @debcrawford

I’m tagging you on this message to invite you to follow the new Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) group on Connect. Please drop a note to say hi and introduce yourself.

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I have just been informed I have HCM. The genetic testing was positive. Waiting to here from Doctors. I switch to the Mayo Clinic on Oct 23 2017 after going through a stroke 5 years ago. Then 2 years later I had a SCA was shocked 9 time by EMT’s. Had a ICD implanted at this time, and since then I have been Shocked 15 times in the last 2 years by my ICD.

I have just been informed I have HCM. The genetic testing was positive. Waiting to here from Doctors. I switch to the Mayo Clinic on Oct 23 2017 after going through a stroke 5 years ago. Then 2 years later I had a SCA was shocked 9 time by EMT’s. Had a ICD implanted at this time, and since then I have been Shocked 15 times in the last 2 years by my ICD. I look forward to learning more from others who have been there done that.

Hi Colleen, I am interested in the stem cell program at Mayo. I am a resident of St. Augustine, FL. I heard about the success of your stem cell
program at Mayo in Rochester, MN. Do you have a similar program at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL? On November 8, I had a
complete rupture of the quadriceps tendon just superior to the patellar insertion with 9 mm tendon gap. I am a very active 79 year old who,
until November 8, played competitive basketball in tournaments. According to the doctor, surgery would drastically reduce my chances of ever
playing competitive sports again.

@harrybare

Hi Colleen, I am interested in the stem cell program at Mayo. I am a resident of St. Augustine, FL. I heard about the success of your stem cell
program at Mayo in Rochester, MN. Do you have a similar program at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL? On November 8, I had a
complete rupture of the quadriceps tendon just superior to the patellar insertion with 9 mm tendon gap. I am a very active 79 year old who,
until November 8, played competitive basketball in tournaments. According to the doctor, surgery would drastically reduce my chances of ever
playing competitive sports again.

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Hello @harrybare,

First, I’d like to mention that it is inspiring to read that you are still playing competitive basketball at 79. As a person who has a competitive drive himself, I can only hope that I am still competing in any sport at that age and will strive to do so.

You asked Colleen about the stem cell program. It may be worth it to check out the following information about the stem cell Consult Service http://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/center-regenerative-medicine/patient-care/clinical-services/regenerative-medicine-consult-service. Or simply call 1-844-276-2003 to speak with one of our experts. I recommend calling this number as they will be better suited to answer your specific questions.

@harrybare

Hi Colleen, I am interested in the stem cell program at Mayo. I am a resident of St. Augustine, FL. I heard about the success of your stem cell
program at Mayo in Rochester, MN. Do you have a similar program at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL? On November 8, I had a
complete rupture of the quadriceps tendon just superior to the patellar insertion with 9 mm tendon gap. I am a very active 79 year old who,
until November 8, played competitive basketball in tournaments. According to the doctor, surgery would drastically reduce my chances of ever
playing competitive sports again.

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Justin, Thank you for responding. I will call Monday.

@mehlisue

I have introduced myself already but did not know where to post on thread of my post surgical of HOCM. I am three days past. Wow pain and very short of breath. The hardest thing to do is cough to clear the lungs. Best suggestion I can give is your respiratory care helper. Become their best friends. Pain levels are holding around 8 on day three but pain meds are helpful. Do not try to be a hero. Use the pain relievers. As long as I am not in pain, I can slowly walk with a walker and get myself up to potty. Eating is off. Can drink well. bowls a issue. So how did surgery go? Well I am so thankful I did not put it off anymore. I was obstructed more than thought. 80% is scary. Dr.s thought it was 69, Lesson here, the drs do not know what they can know until they put their eyes on the inside of your heart. Valves fixed as well as could be. a slight leak left on the mitral valve. It was necessary in me to get out quickly as the body was stressing. Daily there a good times. Without the drugs to push forward, this would be misery
.

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Hi @mehlisue,

Thank you so much for taking the time to follow up after your surgery; I’m certain your insights will be much appreciated by @choochoo @tkterrell @lottyfeeble21 @lina2017.

I’d also like to introduce you to @barbararickard @vialox @lynnkay1956 @PatMattos @Sensation @ronaldpetrovich @lepadelford @wintergirl8 to name a few. Many of them (if not all) have had surgery, some recently and some a while ago.

@mehlisue, you’ve been through a lot; having such a major surgery is not easy! How are you feeling now? Do you think that undergoing surgery was well worth it?

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