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  • Swimming

    Hello everyone, it's been a long time since I've posted. I've been enjoying life and working on reducing my weight.

    I've been swimming daily and loving it to reduce my weight and am wondering what the general consensus is on this. I did a search on the message board and did not find a lot. I talked with my local cardio and he said as long as I'm not racing and I'm doing it in moderation I should be fine.

    I see him for my yearly echo next week. Last year my obstruction was reduced and other wise I am doing very well.

    I have had the best year health wise I've had in 6 yrs. I even started a new business. Cheers to all of you fighting the good fight. I log in once in a while and see what's new. Silent observer. Too busy to do much else.

    Thanks for being here and any input you can give me.

    Thankful and appreciative as always.

    Diana in Oregon

  • #2
    Hi again Diana,

    I just took a look at the publication Abby mentioned in another post:

    Recommendations for physical activity and recreational sports participation...

    The publication was authored by a committee chaired by Dr. Barry Maron. Swimming (lap) is listed on the chart for HCM'ers as a '5' meaning that it is most likely acceptable. A '5' on the chart represents a good grade for a particular activity, whereas a '1' or '0' is not recommended. The entry is footnoted with the following:

    "The possibility of impaired consciousness occurring during water-related activities should be taken into account with respect to the clinical profile of the individual patient."

    However, unless your swimming the English Channel or something, I think as long as there are other folks around, it's a recommended activity for us HCM'ers.

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


    • #3
      Guys I forgot to mention on my original message that I am obstructed. My obstruction is minor and last year it had shrank in size. Also I am 48. I wonder if age matters. I will report in length when I have time.

      Thanks guys.



      • #4
        Jim, thanks for the link to the chart. In all the reading that I have done, I have never seen that chart. When diagnosed, I gave up my true love, singles tennis, and took up doubles tennis as a compromise, but was never sure how much safer one was over the other. It is somewhat comforting to be a 4 verse a 0 on the risk scale.


        Diagnosed with unobstructed HCM in 2004 after a bad experience playing tennis
        Graduated to obstructed HCM by Dec, 2008.

        Life outside of HCM: Law, Photography, Tennis, Music, raising kids and camping