Hi there! I was diagnosed with HCM at age 12, however I am not too sure when my mitral valve leakage was found (it was first mentioned 3 years ago). When I was 12, my cardiologist explained to me that eventually I would need to have a heart transplant or surgery. I have been on beta blockers to monitor my HCM (I am 34 now) until this last year started having issues going into afib. My first afib was in april and my cardiologist wanted to manage with a higher dose of my beta block and added a blood thinner. This helped for a little while until August when I had another afib attack and went to the er and had to be cardioverted. After that, and meeting with my cardiologist he suggested surgical intervention needed to be pursued. My symptoms with the afib in August were much worse than that in April. I was out of breath, felt light headed and faint. When I am not in afib, I deal with shortness of breath, dizziness(not sure if that’s more because of the meds?) palpitations and sometimes chest pain. I am having my initial consult with Mayo Dec. 4th. Surgery is set for the 22nd.