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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common inherited heart disorder affecting one in 500 individuals. It is a disease in which the heart muscle (myocardium) becomes abnormally thick (hypertrophied). The thickening usually occurs in the ventricular septum which is the area of the heart that separates the right side from the left side of the heart. It may interfere with normal heart function by narrowing the outflow of blood from the heart.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy often goes undiagnosed. Many people with HCM have few, if any, symptoms. Others may experience shortness of breath, dizziness, palpitations or chest discomfort. Some patients experience problems in the heart’s electrical system resulting in life-threatening heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
The Spectrum Health HCM Program utilizes the latest diagnostic techniques in the care of patients and families with Hypertrophic 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 your diagnosis, education and treatment.