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Apr 23, 2017 · Thanks for the welcome-follow up ?'s in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Not exactly sure how this all works, but my original post got routed into another discussion chain….don’t even see the original post listed as a discussion.

My original post was about sleeping concerns post surgery and if anyone had an opinion on buying a good recliner….as I look around, there are many with heat and massage….not something I would ever normally consider, but it is now or never!….is it worth the money. I am a side sleeper with sleep apnea, and can’t sleep on my back flat!

Also was wondering if anyone already had a pacemaker/defib prior to surgery. I have a subcutaneous unit that was implanted about a year ago….do they take it out?/disable it?….the wire runs right up the center of my rib cage (where they will cut), but between the skin and the rib cage…it is not wired into the heart so don’t know if they can simply leave it in place and rewire post surgery???

Any help is appreciated. Cheers….surgery is 6/7 at Mayo/ 45 male, HCM.

Apr 23, 2017 · HCM-ers: Introduce yourself or just say hi in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Thanks for the response. I am planning on having my teeth looked at by my dentist in the next week or so (if he can squeeze me in) as I was scheduled for July- which is too soon after the surgery. Think I will invest in a recliner. Thanks

Apr 23, 2017 · HCM-ers: Introduce yourself or just say hi in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Good afternoon all. I am a 45 yr old male who was diagnosed about 2 years ago with HCM. Things have progressed to the point that I am having/need the surgery. Have to admit I am a bit terrified, but know I am in Great hands at Mayo. I have also had a couple major surgeries for some unrelated issues, so I have a general sense of the hospital experience.

I have had a history of back problems, and from reading this board, seems like this is a common struggle post surgery. I am thinking I need to go out and buy a recliner to sleep in when I return home….any advice from those who have gone through the recovery process? I have sleep apnea, and do use a CPAP, but have never been able to sleep flat on my back, so I am trying to get something worked out before the procedure.

This all became real this past week, so I am reeling a bit and sure will have additional questions….so thanks in advance for your help.