HOCM Symptoms: Why are they starting now? What next?
I have been diagnosed lately with light HOCM (13 mm -14 mm thick)
I am 69, usually healthy, and used to run regularly a few miles a week. It all started all of a sudden when I climbed the stairs in my house feeling inconvenienced in my chest and having strong heartbeats. From all other aspects, all cardiac checks indicate O.K. including Cardiac C.T. for virtual catheterization.
Much frustrated I have completely stopped all intensive cardiovascular endurance. I am concerned about the chest inconvenience and the strong and fast heartbeats I experience with no consistency; Could be a few days without any issues regardless of the activity I do, while one day without any warning I can be short of breath and have all the above that leave me exhausted.
Assuming this HOCM did not actually start at this age of mine but was there since I was born, my question is how come I did not have any symptoms till now? What happened to change my physiology in such a way that now those symptoms are so prominent? Anything that I can do excluding medicine to reduce or eliminate symptoms totally? Could it possibly be that my symptoms are not HOCM-related and are a result of a different medical issue?