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  • Results of Septal Myectomy

    I have constant palpitations even on my beta blocker and was wondering whether some of you who have had the same symptoms found relief after septal myectomy.

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    Re: Results of Septal Myectomy

    Dear Michelle,

    It is my understanding that the myectomy's purpose is to relieve the obstruction. Elminiating the obstruction improves your heart function and will make you feel better in general.

    However, arrhythmias are not caused by obstruction, so they are not going to be reduced by a myectomy as a rule. Since the heart isn't working so hard, they may go down a lot, but the heart muscle itself is still not normal (can't fix that yet) so arrhythmias are only going to be controled with medication.

    There are stronger anti-arrhythmia medications besides beta-blockers that are very good. You should talk to your doctor about them. The biggies are Norpace, Betapace, and Cordarone (disopyramide, sotalol, amiodarone) and there is a newer one called Tikosyn (dofetilide).

    let us know how you are doing,



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      Re: Results of Septal Myectomy


      Sarah is spot on with her comments. Arrythmias are caused by different issues within the heart. Myectomy will not cure this.

      Cleveland Myectomy Crew
      Member since November 2002

      \"Chance favors the prepared mind!\"


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        Re: Results of Septal Myectomy

        You will want to discuss you symptoms with your doc. The Myectomy (nor any other type of septal reduction) will stop these symptoms. You may need to adjust your meds. I found that adding a Calcium channel blocker to my beta blocker...really reduced my palpitations.

        Best wishes,
        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)