I am a 63-year old female diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. I was diagnosed in 2008 but have always had trouble hiking uphill. My heart pounds so hard the movement is visible under my shirt so I wait, usually several minutes, until the pounding subsides. I am left in the dust while my friends proceed, which I insist they do. I love hiking with friends but have even never managed a 10er vs. the 14ers they enjoy. I am 20 BMI, so not overweight. Except that I used to drink several glasses of wine most days (I stopped a year ago), I take excellent care of myself. No smoking, low fat, red meat free diet, tons of fruits and veges, good sleep. Even so I am treated for low thyroid, depression, and anxiety (family maladies). Osteoporosis also runs throughout my family and I have not been spared. Due to my mood disorder and osteoporosis I need to exercise daily. I love to lift weights (just 40 to 80 pounds), bicycle, kayak, and walk at least a mile outside daily or use a treadmill (rarely beyond 3 speed). Since I last saw my cardiologist a week ago, I’ve been advised to give up all of the above except for slow walking. I hate to whine so much but life without exercise is already bringing me down. I don’t know if I’ll qualify (my symptoms aren’t bad: no fainting, chest pain, shortness of breath, etc.), but I would love to regain the ability to work out (bike, hike, lift a little, walk daily, etc.). I have test appointments at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota late April and am praying for a septal myoectomy, which is the surgery my hometown cardiologist believes I need in order to be active again. Waiting
is tough, but it was the first appt. I could get. Anyone out there think I’ll qualify for myoectomy?