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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?

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) group.

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Hi @loyo,

Welcome to Connect. I see that you posted an empty message; did you mean to post something more, or reply to a member's post?
If you would like more information on how to use Connect, you can find it here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/get-started-on-connect/

@loyo, what brought you to the HCM discussion in the Heart & Blood Health group?

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@kanaazpereira

Hello @mollybo,

Welcome to Connect; thank you so much for sharing your mother-in-law’s information. Before anything else, I’d like to reassure you that she is in the best hands at Mayo Clinic which is ecognized as one of the top Cardiology and Heart Surgery hospitals in the nation. Here’s some information about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy care at Mayo Clinic:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy/care-at-mayo-clinic/mac-20350208
You may notice that I moved your message and combined it with this existing discussion as I thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to the many members who have discussed much of what your mother-in-law is experiencing.
If you are replying by email, I suggest clicking on VIEW & REPLY so that you can read through some of the earlier messages and meet some of our other members talking about their or their or their loved ones’ experiences.

You may also wish to view this discussion – “Diagnosed with HOCM last year. May be time for surgery” https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hello-i-was-diagnosed-with-hocm-last-year-i-have-been-told/, where you will meet @tkterrell @choochoo @debcrawford @daisygirl @quinn @lina2017 @lynnkay1956, and Mentor @cynaburst talking about HOCM.

@mollybo, it can be so stressful when loved ones have health problems, and we naturally feel a sense of urgency to get them the necessary treatment. While we wait for @cynaburst and fellow members to respond, I’d encourage you to read a bit about the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic at Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/cardiovascular-medicine/overview/specialty-groups/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-clinic/overview, and keep talking and asking questions – the Connect community is listening.

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Hello! Do u still have any problems after ur surgery?

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@lisalucier

Hello, @sankarpinaki — wanted to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I believe perhaps the rest of your post may have been missing after "hi"? Interested to hear the rest of your message.

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Hi ,My husband had the surgery 6 months back.We did the surgery at Mayoclinic.He is doing great by the grace of God.
I am orginally from southern part of India now living in the US. I know its hard to find HCM experts in India.I am glad to help you if you need any informations regarding the sugery and diagnosis i can help you .Hope you can find some experts soon..

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@jillie

Hi All, So happy to find you! I'm from Tucson and have been diagnosed locally with asthma for 15 years. I was always very physically active (swam 1 mi/ day) and couldn't understand why in the last few years my SOB kept getting worse and my inhalers provided no relief. At the same time I was a 6 yr caregiver for my late hubby and so whenever I complained about increasing SOB, my Tucson cardiologists wrote it off as caregiver/ death of spouse stress and anxiety. You know: Learn biofeedback. Meditate. Relax. Breathe deeply. Think happy thoughts.
I just went to Mayo Scottsdale for my annual physical and my PCP there had ordered every test known to man when she noticed that I was SOB from just changing into my gown. Echocardiogram findings are HOCM. I drove the 3 hrs back to Tucson in semi-shock. Next week I have lots of appointments, including my 1st bonafide cardiologist consult at Mayo and of course my wrap-up with my PCP. I've been actively researching HCM online and it certainly fits all of my symptoms.
I have seen 2 terrible cardiologists in the past in Tucson (who basically blew me off) and so I want to definitely continue at Mayo. But I have no clue how to live in Tucson and be treated at Scottsdale—it's a 3 hr drive. I have no family here.
Anyway, maybe TMI but I'm so happy to have found you! Thanks for being here!

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I found there are 2 types of cardiologist – The "know it alls" and the curious.

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@jillie

Hi All, So happy to find you! I'm from Tucson and have been diagnosed locally with asthma for 15 years. I was always very physically active (swam 1 mi/ day) and couldn't understand why in the last few years my SOB kept getting worse and my inhalers provided no relief. At the same time I was a 6 yr caregiver for my late hubby and so whenever I complained about increasing SOB, my Tucson cardiologists wrote it off as caregiver/ death of spouse stress and anxiety. You know: Learn biofeedback. Meditate. Relax. Breathe deeply. Think happy thoughts.
I just went to Mayo Scottsdale for my annual physical and my PCP there had ordered every test known to man when she noticed that I was SOB from just changing into my gown. Echocardiogram findings are HOCM. I drove the 3 hrs back to Tucson in semi-shock. Next week I have lots of appointments, including my 1st bonafide cardiologist consult at Mayo and of course my wrap-up with my PCP. I've been actively researching HCM online and it certainly fits all of my symptoms.
I have seen 2 terrible cardiologists in the past in Tucson (who basically blew me off) and so I want to definitely continue at Mayo. But I have no clue how to live in Tucson and be treated at Scottsdale—it's a 3 hr drive. I have no family here.
Anyway, maybe TMI but I'm so happy to have found you! Thanks for being here!

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Hello just received 5 emails from this thread. so Hello

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@jillie

Hi All, So happy to find you! I'm from Tucson and have been diagnosed locally with asthma for 15 years. I was always very physically active (swam 1 mi/ day) and couldn't understand why in the last few years my SOB kept getting worse and my inhalers provided no relief. At the same time I was a 6 yr caregiver for my late hubby and so whenever I complained about increasing SOB, my Tucson cardiologists wrote it off as caregiver/ death of spouse stress and anxiety. You know: Learn biofeedback. Meditate. Relax. Breathe deeply. Think happy thoughts.
I just went to Mayo Scottsdale for my annual physical and my PCP there had ordered every test known to man when she noticed that I was SOB from just changing into my gown. Echocardiogram findings are HOCM. I drove the 3 hrs back to Tucson in semi-shock. Next week I have lots of appointments, including my 1st bonafide cardiologist consult at Mayo and of course my wrap-up with my PCP. I've been actively researching HCM online and it certainly fits all of my symptoms.
I have seen 2 terrible cardiologists in the past in Tucson (who basically blew me off) and so I want to definitely continue at Mayo. But I have no clue how to live in Tucson and be treated at Scottsdale—it's a 3 hr drive. I have no family here.
Anyway, maybe TMI but I'm so happy to have found you! Thanks for being here!

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I went back and found my original post here is as you tell from the date I did make it 🙂
Aug 7, 2015 · I have Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy and SAM and a ICD implanted

I have Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy and SAM and a ICD implanted have had the myectomy surgery and have had my mitral valve repaired. after a year went and had a echocardiogram and the MR is back to severe. the first surgery went well but was a couple of days coming off the respirator. the second for the valve repair i spent 11 days intubated in a chemical coma now they want to install a mechanical valve. what do you think my chances are this time.

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@jillie

Hi All, So happy to find you! I'm from Tucson and have been diagnosed locally with asthma for 15 years. I was always very physically active (swam 1 mi/ day) and couldn't understand why in the last few years my SOB kept getting worse and my inhalers provided no relief. At the same time I was a 6 yr caregiver for my late hubby and so whenever I complained about increasing SOB, my Tucson cardiologists wrote it off as caregiver/ death of spouse stress and anxiety. You know: Learn biofeedback. Meditate. Relax. Breathe deeply. Think happy thoughts.
I just went to Mayo Scottsdale for my annual physical and my PCP there had ordered every test known to man when she noticed that I was SOB from just changing into my gown. Echocardiogram findings are HOCM. I drove the 3 hrs back to Tucson in semi-shock. Next week I have lots of appointments, including my 1st bonafide cardiologist consult at Mayo and of course my wrap-up with my PCP. I've been actively researching HCM online and it certainly fits all of my symptoms.
I have seen 2 terrible cardiologists in the past in Tucson (who basically blew me off) and so I want to definitely continue at Mayo. But I have no clue how to live in Tucson and be treated at Scottsdale—it's a 3 hr drive. I have no family here.
Anyway, maybe TMI but I'm so happy to have found you! Thanks for being here!

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I had a real fine surgeon young and steady hands

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@jillie

Hi All, So happy to find you! I'm from Tucson and have been diagnosed locally with asthma for 15 years. I was always very physically active (swam 1 mi/ day) and couldn't understand why in the last few years my SOB kept getting worse and my inhalers provided no relief. At the same time I was a 6 yr caregiver for my late hubby and so whenever I complained about increasing SOB, my Tucson cardiologists wrote it off as caregiver/ death of spouse stress and anxiety. You know: Learn biofeedback. Meditate. Relax. Breathe deeply. Think happy thoughts.
I just went to Mayo Scottsdale for my annual physical and my PCP there had ordered every test known to man when she noticed that I was SOB from just changing into my gown. Echocardiogram findings are HOCM. I drove the 3 hrs back to Tucson in semi-shock. Next week I have lots of appointments, including my 1st bonafide cardiologist consult at Mayo and of course my wrap-up with my PCP. I've been actively researching HCM online and it certainly fits all of my symptoms.
I have seen 2 terrible cardiologists in the past in Tucson (who basically blew me off) and so I want to definitely continue at Mayo. But I have no clue how to live in Tucson and be treated at Scottsdale—it's a 3 hr drive. I have no family here.
Anyway, maybe TMI but I'm so happy to have found you! Thanks for being here!

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I doubt anyone here could give you chances – But, you have a lot of issues going on. Where and when did you have your surgery? How long between the surgeries? Have you gotten a 2nd opinion? (hopefully from a surgeon & not someone online!)

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@lisalucier

Hello, @sankarpinaki — wanted to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I believe perhaps the rest of your post may have been missing after "hi"? Interested to hear the rest of your message.

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Hi, got ur message. can you tell me how can I avail the treatment at Mayo clinic with the help of any charitable organization for an average Indian like me .

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@jillie

Hi All, So happy to find you! I'm from Tucson and have been diagnosed locally with asthma for 15 years. I was always very physically active (swam 1 mi/ day) and couldn't understand why in the last few years my SOB kept getting worse and my inhalers provided no relief. At the same time I was a 6 yr caregiver for my late hubby and so whenever I complained about increasing SOB, my Tucson cardiologists wrote it off as caregiver/ death of spouse stress and anxiety. You know: Learn biofeedback. Meditate. Relax. Breathe deeply. Think happy thoughts.
I just went to Mayo Scottsdale for my annual physical and my PCP there had ordered every test known to man when she noticed that I was SOB from just changing into my gown. Echocardiogram findings are HOCM. I drove the 3 hrs back to Tucson in semi-shock. Next week I have lots of appointments, including my 1st bonafide cardiologist consult at Mayo and of course my wrap-up with my PCP. I've been actively researching HCM online and it certainly fits all of my symptoms.
I have seen 2 terrible cardiologists in the past in Tucson (who basically blew me off) and so I want to definitely continue at Mayo. But I have no clue how to live in Tucson and be treated at Scottsdale—it's a 3 hr drive. I have no family here.
Anyway, maybe TMI but I'm so happy to have found you! Thanks for being here!

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Welcome back, @rmcmillan; I'm thrilled to see you return!
May I ask if I'm correct in noting that the information you've shared in these recent posts – "I have Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy and SAM and a ICD implanted have had the myectomy surgery and…" – is your copied post from 2015?

I can imagine a lot has happened since then, and we'd love to hear about your experiences – what worked, what didn't – and any questions or tips you'd like to share. It sounds like you had an accomplished surgeon; how did you find him/her?

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@lisalucier

Hello, @sankarpinaki — wanted to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I believe perhaps the rest of your post may have been missing after "hi"? Interested to hear the rest of your message.

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Thank you, @lina2017.

Hi @sankarpinaki,

Here's some information about Charitable Care and Financial Assistance at Mayo Clinic:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/billing-insurance/financial-assistance

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@lisalucier

Hello, @sankarpinaki — wanted to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I believe perhaps the rest of your post may have been missing after "hi"? Interested to hear the rest of your message.

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Hi, i have read the link but international patients are not covered under charitable schemes. can u inform me further about how can I avail such facility.

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