What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

A friend of mine, Debbie Hamilton, is bravely venturing out into the world of blogging to share her journey with HCM. This is a silent killer, but she was fortunate to find a Doctor who knew to check for it. Here is the beginning of her story.

My Life With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy


Three little letters that don’t mean much to most
people. But to those of us that have
this disease, it can and does stop your world when you hear them. Am I going to die? How much time do I have left? Will I have a good quality of life? These are just some of the questions we
wonder about and ask.

To others, tears of relief are shed…as we now have a reason
for all the symptoms we can have!

The truth is, for the vast majority of HCMers, quality of
life is minimally impacted, if at all!
Actually most people and families don’t even know they have the
condition, until it is discovered at an autopsy. Signs and symptoms are dismissed as other
issues, even by the medical profession.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is the most common genetic heart
condition in the world. And, unfortunately, it is the one…

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