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I am Darlene I had symptoms for at least 5 years that I now know were from HCM. My PCP didn't know why I was having symptoms. I changed doctors in 2014 for a "new perspective." After some misdiagnoses (high blood pressure, bronchitis, asthma) the new doctor sent me for an echo when she detected a heart murmur after several appointments with her. An echocardiogram in July 2014 showed I had HCM with obstruction. The cardiologist that my PCP referred me to wasn't experienced with HCM. After much frustration, I found a cardiologist with experience with HCM and am so glad I found him. I also see Dr. Thamilarasan at Cleveland Clinic. My obstruction is unusual in that it's my papillary muscle that's enlarged and causing the obstruction (which makes me cough A LOT!). My septum is only slightly enlarged. It was also discovered during the cardiac cath that I have a rare type of anomalous coronary artery. I always knew I was special on the inside. . . but not in this way. LOL!!!! Find out more about I am Darlene
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