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Services for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Your Treatment Begins Here

The Spectrum Health HCM Program utilizes the latest diagnostic techniques in the care of patients and families with cardiomyopathy.

Our multidisciplinary team includes cardiology specialists (trained in advanced imaging, interventional cardiology, heart failure and electrophysiology), a cardiac surgeon, physician assistant, nurse coordinator, genetic counselor and social worker. This facilitates a comprehensive approach to diagnosis, education and treatment of patients with HCM. 

Treatments We Provide

Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Electrophysiology Including Implanted Cardiac Devices.

A pacemaker may be recommended to stimulate a faster heart rate when the heart beats too slow and the problem can't be fixed with other treatments.An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) combines the steady regulation of a pacemaker with the ability to shock the heart back into rhythm. It is used to treat congestive heart failure as well as arrhythmia, which can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrhythmias may also be treated with antiarrhythmic medications or catheter ablation procedures.

Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging

Advanced imaging of the heart is a crucial part of quality patient care.  Spectrum Health offers state-of-the-art technology and a team of highly-skilled, board-certified cardiologists to provide the highest quality diagnostic and imaging services possible, including echocardiography, stress echocardiography, and cardiac MRI with specific HCM imaging protocols

Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation

Spectrum Health offers the only full-service advanced heart failure and ventricular assist device (VAD) program in the region.  The Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program brings outstanding transplant surgeons to you for life-saving heart transplant when all other options have been exhausted.

Care Management, Including Dedicated Referral/Scheduling Coordination, and Medical Social Work

Our dedicated team connects patients and their families to necessary resources and programs in the community.  They will help patients understand the social complexities of their medical situation and the impact that it has on their life.

Cardiac Surgical Services - Surgical Septal Myectomy

Only a small number of patients require surgical myectomy.  If necessary Spectrum Health has an experienced and effective surgical program to alleviate obstruction and symptoms for HCM patients.

Evaluation of Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

Our HCM team reviews multiple non-invasive clinical markers to help determine if an HCM patient is at high risk for the development of ventricular arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats which can cause loss of consciousness or sudden cardiac death). If you are found to be high risk, we will discuss with you implanting a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), designed to sense and automatically terminate these arrhythmias. This has proven highly effective at re-establishing normal heart rhythm, and preventing sudden cardiac death events.

Family Screening and Patient Education

All first degree relatives of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy should undergo screening with or without genetic testing.  As part of their screening, we perform a detailed pedigree analysis, ECG, and echocardiogram.  We educate patients and their families about their disease and treatment options.

Genetic Counseling and Genetic Testing Services

HCM is the most common single-gene inherited cardiovascular condition.  Being diagnosed with HCM may place one’s close relatives at increased risk to develop this condition as well.  HCM visits include discussion of the clinical benefits and limitations of genetic testing.  A genetic counseling visit is important prior to deciding whether or not to have a genetic test.  During this visit discussion will include concerns regarding cost, insurance coverage, or possible genetic discrimination, as well as the laws that are in place that would protect this from occurring.

HCM Research

There are many aspects of HCM that could be better understood by the medical community.  Our multidisciplinary team has created a very robust research registry that they will use to study aspects of HCM such as genetics, imaging, risk prediction, and beyond.  This registry is completely voluntary and patients choose whether or not participation in the research is right for them.  Through this registry, our HCM team is hopeful that we will be able to improve care and outcomes for not only our patients, but also those around the world.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Disease and Symptom Management

The symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are most often manageable with medications, along with very important lifestyle changes. Common heart medications are used to improve symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain, lightheadedness and heart palpitations, but some can also be essential in preventing life-threatening episodes. It is important to take your medicines exactly as prescribed, and work with your doctor on both lifestyle and medicine changes.

Interventional Cardiology - Cardiac Catheterization With Complex Hemodynamic Evaluation

A diagnostic cardiac catheterization will be performed prior to patients needing a myectomy to evaluate for coronary artery disease.  Direct pressure and detailed gradient measurements are taken to assist in care and treatment plans.

Monitoring for Arrhythmias With Holter Monitors, Zio Patches, or Cardionet

An ambulatory monitor can detect abnormal rhythms of the upper and lower chambers of your heart.   These can evaluate for any potentially asymptomatic, abnormal, or life threatening electrical heart rhythms.

Pediatric Cardiology

Congenital Heart Center at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital provides expert cardiology care for children throughout Michigan. Children with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can have different manifestations, some presenting as early as infancy. Spectrum Health offers comprehensive care for these children, as well as screening for children with family members affected with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.