When you have unexplained symptoms, talking to your doctor is the most important—and sometimes, the hardest thing to do. Here are tips to help you get the answers you need, plus information on what to expect during an evaluation, and what to do if you are diagnosed with HCM.
Your doctor may check you for HCM if:
If your doctor suspects you may have HCM, your doctor will ask you about:
If you’re diagnosed with HCM, it’s important to discuss all of your treatment options with your doctor.
While HCM cannot be cured or prevented, there are prescription medicines and surgical treatment options that may help. Your doctor will work with you to decide on the best treatment option for you.
You should also let your family members know about your diagnosis. Explain to them that HCM can be passed down in families.
Expert care for HCM may be found at over 40 HCM Centers of Excellence (COEs) across the United States.
HCM centers are staffed with cardiologists, physicians, and imaging specialists. They can help coordinate care with your local cardiologist.
To learn more about HCM COEs near you, check the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA) directory. Go to www.4hcm.org/directory.
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