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How was the HCMA Meeting?


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JillC RN for over 40 years, MS degree in Respiratory Nursing, Worked surgical open-heart ICU for 18 years in Chicago.. After years of symptoms finally diagnosed with HOCM in 2006. I retired from nursing 2012 due to HCM and had septal myectomy at Local hospital 2013, Redo myectomy Mayo Clinic 2014. Now doing well. Find out more about JillC
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  • How was the HCMA Meeting?

    Did anyone go to the HCMA meeting at Cleveland Clinic? Just wondering how it was....any new research? New info? Good gossip or jokes?LOL.
    After years of symptoms:
    Officially Diagnosed HOCM 2006
    Myectomy 3/11/13 at non-COE
    Extended Myectomy 7/23/14
    At Mayo with Dr. Joseph Dearani

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    Re: How was the HCMA Meeting?

    Hi Jill,
    Yes, I was there. I thought it went very smoothly - it was very well organized, things were on time, and the facility worked well.

    There was some benefit, I thought, in having all the speakers be from one institution. They were a bit better able to present a coherent view of things. For example, Dr. Smedira (who does myectomies there) gave a talk in which he showed just why myectomy is a challenging undertaking best done by surgeons with substantial experience. And the head of the EP lab (I've forgotten his name) was able to show what the difficulties are with ASA. Together they concluded that yes, myectomy is still the gold standard for septal reduction, but for those who can't travel to a center with substantial experience, they may be better off having an ASA than a myectomy at inexperienced hands. I also thought it was clear that much more basic research still needs to be done: how does HCM develop - are there multiple pathways?

    Myectomy on Feb. 5, 2007.


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