HCM-ers: Introduce yourself or just say hi

Posted by Colleen Young @colleenyoung, Oct 25, 2016

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.

I invite you to follow the group. Simply click the follow icon image-f6386d0357e2 on the group landing page

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?

i will be coming as a patient in two weeks to deal with my leaking mitral valve

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Hi @rolandsullivan,

Welcome to Connect. I moved your message to this existing discussion as I thought it would be easier for you to connect with fellow members who might have more insight with regard to your question…
“Is there a cardiac Dr. that is connected with Dr. Esselstyn or Dr. Ornish?”

Would you be able to share a few more details, @rolandsullivan? Have you been diagnosed with HCM?

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thank you. I have been treated and diagnosed with cardiac heart disease. HCM does not have the treatments I need. I have started the in take process and expect to be there next week.
point two. Dr. Esselstyn of the cleveland clinic and Ornish from the san fran hospital are know for Presidents Clinton life by reversing his heart disease. H

Dr. Esselstyn referedme to mayo because you are the leading heart hospital in the usa.

I thought I saw on your web site a Mayo Dr. that incorporates the whole plant based diet from Dr. Esselstyn into his team work at Mayo.

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Hello, I do not remember my username?

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@lisa7

Hello, I do not remember my username?

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Got it!

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I am new to this discussion group. I am a 68 year old woman from southern Indiana and was diagnosed with HCM about 3 years ago. I live a very active lifestyle being that we live on a farm with horses and a big garden so do not live a sedentary life. Although in the early stages of HCM with symptoms being somewhat controlled with meds, lifestyle, diet, and exercise for now, I would like to get a second opinion and consultation from Mayo this spring to see how I can prevent this from getting worst. I am also having a difficult time dealing with the meds. Do you think getting a second opinion from Mayo in the early stages is a good idea at this time. My cardiologist at home is very good but has not had the broad range of experience with HCM.

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Welcome to Connect, @bbonchek.

I truly admire the fact that you are being so proactive about your health. Mayo Clinic has a long-standing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy program that provides highly individualized care. If you would like to make an appointment at Mayo Clinic, please call one of our appointment offices. You can also request an appointment online. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/appointments

While we wait for other members to weigh in, I'd like to introduce you to @cynaburst, whose surgeon was Dr. Dearani, Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic. She wrote these notes from a presentation he gave last year:
– Notes from presentation by Dr. Joe Dearani re: Myectomy at HCM Summit https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/notes-from-presentation-by-dr-joe-dearani-re-myectomy-at-hcm-summit/
You can read more testimonials from Mayo patients in this discussion, and how the travel was not the barrier to excellent care https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hello-i-was-diagnosed-with-hocm-last-year-i-have-been-told/

I’d also like to invite @ronaldpetrovich @mbcube @ccubed @rrowner2 @positivity @priscilla1972 @knecht @janicepike @PatMattos @ninimurphy @melthomas and others to join me in welcoming you. May I ask if you would share more about the diet and lifestyle changes you’ve had to make, @bbonchek?

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Connect’s alumna mentor, @cynaburst, just published this travelogue blog entry about her recent visit to Mayo Clinic’s hypertrophic cardiomyopathy clinic in Rochester. "I hope that you find it to be informative. In my admittedly biased opinion, it is the best treatment for HCM in the world."
https://hcmbeat.com/2019/02/02/visiting-mayo-clinic/

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@kanaazpereira

Welcome to Connect, @bbonchek.

I truly admire the fact that you are being so proactive about your health. Mayo Clinic has a long-standing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy program that provides highly individualized care. If you would like to make an appointment at Mayo Clinic, please call one of our appointment offices. You can also request an appointment online. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/appointments

While we wait for other members to weigh in, I'd like to introduce you to @cynaburst, whose surgeon was Dr. Dearani, Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic. She wrote these notes from a presentation he gave last year:
– Notes from presentation by Dr. Joe Dearani re: Myectomy at HCM Summit https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/notes-from-presentation-by-dr-joe-dearani-re-myectomy-at-hcm-summit/
You can read more testimonials from Mayo patients in this discussion, and how the travel was not the barrier to excellent care https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hello-i-was-diagnosed-with-hocm-last-year-i-have-been-told/

I’d also like to invite @ronaldpetrovich @mbcube @ccubed @rrowner2 @positivity @priscilla1972 @knecht @janicepike @PatMattos @ninimurphy @melthomas and others to join me in welcoming you. May I ask if you would share more about the diet and lifestyle changes you’ve had to make, @bbonchek?

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The best thing you will ever do for yourself would be a second opinion and if you can get to Mayo Rochester the HCM program is awesome. My husband had septal myectomy last October after being diagnosed with HCM 30 years ago. We live near San Diego and had great care from the cardiologist but when the HCM became obstructive the cardiologist recommended Mayo because of their expertise.

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Full disclosure-I work at Mayo in Communications. Frist want to thank (@kanaazpereira for moderating and @cynaburst for doing such a great job advocating for HCM patients and her blog HCM Beat.
I had a septal myectomy at Mayo (the team was amazing) about three years ago and am really glad I did it. As far as diet, I would say moderation; my case is unusual in that my appetite decreased after surgery and I have lost at least 40 pounds. I have followed up and the tests show that I'm healthy and my blood counts are good And don't be afraid to exercise after the surgery. A good thing about my cardio rehab was that the rehab team proved to me that I could work out with intervals training. I try to get my heart rate up to about 130 beats a minute several times during a half hour workout.

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@ronaldpetrovich

Full disclosure-I work at Mayo in Communications. Frist want to thank (@kanaazpereira for moderating and @cynaburst for doing such a great job advocating for HCM patients and her blog HCM Beat.
I had a septal myectomy at Mayo (the team was amazing) about three years ago and am really glad I did it. As far as diet, I would say moderation; my case is unusual in that my appetite decreased after surgery and I have lost at least 40 pounds. I have followed up and the tests show that I'm healthy and my blood counts are good And don't be afraid to exercise after the surgery. A good thing about my cardio rehab was that the rehab team proved to me that I could work out with intervals training. I try to get my heart rate up to about 130 beats a minute several times during a half hour workout.

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I’m impressed, my husband lost weight post surgery about 8lbs. We’ve always (tried hard) to eat a healthy diet and exercise which, I believe, made an enormous difference in his recovery. As far as heart rate of 130 the defibrillator would go off lol but we walk 3 miles per day and keep very active generally.
I’m also a little biased because our daughter is a nurse at Mayo Jacksonville

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@kanaazpereira

Welcome to Connect, @bbonchek.

I truly admire the fact that you are being so proactive about your health. Mayo Clinic has a long-standing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy program that provides highly individualized care. If you would like to make an appointment at Mayo Clinic, please call one of our appointment offices. You can also request an appointment online. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/appointments

While we wait for other members to weigh in, I'd like to introduce you to @cynaburst, whose surgeon was Dr. Dearani, Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic. She wrote these notes from a presentation he gave last year:
– Notes from presentation by Dr. Joe Dearani re: Myectomy at HCM Summit https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/notes-from-presentation-by-dr-joe-dearani-re-myectomy-at-hcm-summit/
You can read more testimonials from Mayo patients in this discussion, and how the travel was not the barrier to excellent care https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hello-i-was-diagnosed-with-hocm-last-year-i-have-been-told/

I’d also like to invite @ronaldpetrovich @mbcube @ccubed @rrowner2 @positivity @priscilla1972 @knecht @janicepike @PatMattos @ninimurphy @melthomas and others to join me in welcoming you. May I ask if you would share more about the diet and lifestyle changes you’ve had to make, @bbonchek?

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I am in a unique situation since I had a total knee replacement last August so am still recuperating from that as well as dealing with my HCM. In that last 2 months I have started been able do more cardio workouts on an exercise bike and treadmill both of which I have at home. Being on a regular exercise program has made me feel much better. I also lost quite a bit a weight after my knee surgery partially due to that but then I also realized it was also due to a loss of appetite from my heart meds which we have modified and changed a bit. That has helped. The main med that was causing me problems was a higher dose of Metropolol twice a day. We have dropped that dosage which has helped a bit. I wish there were more medications available with fewer side effects.
As far as diet is concerned, I now tend to eat more smaller healthy meals and snacks throughout the day with a boost of a protein drink at some time each day. As far a lifestyle changes, I cannot do the same level of work around the farm so have had to adjust my work load and expectations. I am working on the principle of less is more. I have also started to meditate each day which is supposed to have positive benefits. I want to make sure I have the energy to hang out with my 4 year old grandson as much as possible which is exerting in itself. I appreciate having a community of people with which to share our experiences.

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