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    How can I get hospital and emt records from the hospital that my son passes away at? Also I have all of his echos on tape,is there any good use I could make of those? and his heart was said to been the size of a adults pro. athlete, where can I find the measurements so that I can compare and share thoughts with others about the details of his death. Also I'm so curious about my fathers records, because back then they knew so little about hcm, he died 30 years ago, how do I get his, I think his doctor is not practicing anymore.
    Jen

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    Jen,

    Getting your son's records will not be difficult. The hospital should have a medical records department that deals specifically with this situation. You can call, write, or stop by in person and ask for an authorization form to release copies of his records to you. There is usually a fee to obtain these, however if you state that you require the records for the continuing or future treatment of a family member (since HCM is genetic) they should give them to you for free.

    As far as your son's echocardiograms are concerned, the cardiologist who interpreted them should have the written reports with the details you are searching for... measurements, diagnosis, special notes, etc. Since you have the tapes, you will be able to provide them with the exact dates of the echos. If any or all of these were performed at the hospital where he died, then those reports should be included with the other medical records you recieve. Otherwise, contact the cardiologist directly.

    Your father's hospital records will be a bit more difficult, but not necessarily impossible. I was recently able to obtain my father's records from 20 years ago. Again, just get in touch with the medical records department at the hospital where he died. The death certificate will list the name of the hospital and the attending physician if you are unsure about these. Your mother will have to sign the release form as the surviving spouse, however if this is not possible then the executor of your father's estate can do it. Assuming the records are still in existence, be prepared to wait a while. My father's were buried pretty good and took many months for them to find.

    Good luck,

    Jim
    "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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      Hi Jen,
      Just want to add to Jim’s comments that in the event the hospital or doctor requires payment for the records, you can ask your cardiologist or PCP to make the request, as it is a genetic disease, and may impact on your care. I believe supplying the information to another doctor who is supplying medical care to the patient – or in this case, affected relative - must always be free, by government requirement.
      Burt

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