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  • Which medication is better for Concentric Hypertrophy?

    I everyone, I have some questions......... As I have said, I have been prescribed Cardizem which I believe is a calcium channel blocker. I have not taken it yet, before I do I would like to ask a few questions........

    Does anyone know which medication is better for the Concentric or Restrictive Left Ventricular Hypertrophy --- Beta Blockers or Calcium Channel Blockers?

    Which medication helps lessen the hearts workload the most?

    (Please let me add, that I am very complicated.)
    I have tried beta blockers and I felt very short of breath on them. I had asthma as a child and now the asthma is triggered by cats and certain pollen during the spring. Is a beta blocker not a good idea for me because of the history of asthma?

    I keep thinking about what I am going to do in the spring time (I really weeze because of the pollen) and if my children bring home the chest flu this winter like they did last year, (they are ages 8 and 6 and are in elementary school and bring home every germ known to the human race! ).

    Thank you all for any replies and information

    Eileen
    49 yrs. old
    Diagnosed at 31.
    Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
    First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
    Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
    Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
    My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
    2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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    Re: Which medication is better for Concentric Hypertrophy?

    Cardizem is a calcium channel blocker and they are usually seen as safer than beta blockers for those with asthma. Your question is too complicated to answer here. Everyone is so different that it's impossible for us to tell you which meds will work best. I say try the meds. You might discuss with the doctor working your way up to 120 mg, but I agree with others that you probably need something to help your heart out.

    Reenie
    Reenie

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    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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      Re: Which medication is better for Concentric Hypertrophy?

      Thank you Reenie.

      I guess I will try the calcium channel blockers. If beta blockers were better with helping lessen the heart's workload, I might consider taking them again and dealing with the side effects. But for now, I will try the Cardizem.

      The 2 doctors that I have seen in the past month were not much help at all.

      Thank you for relying.

      Eileen
      49 yrs. old
      Diagnosed at 31.
      Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
      First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
      Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
      Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
      My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
      2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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        Re: Which medication is better for Concentric Hypertrophy?

        Eileen

        I too are taking a calcium channel blocker, I take Diltiazem 240 mg i can't take Beta blockers either they give me breathing problems too and i agree with everyone else we do need a med to help our hearts out a bit,

        Like when i get upset if i don't have my med in me then i suffer chest pains and they are not pleasant to deal with let me tell you and at least with the CCB then it 's not as bad

        Shirley
        Diagnosed 2003
        Myectomy 2-23-2004
        Husband: Ken
        Son: John diagnosed 2004
        Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

        Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

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          Re: Which medication is better for Concentric Hypertrophy?

          I will be in the office on Thursday - give me a call to discuss this further.

          Lisa
          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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