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    Author: Susan (---.ceg.com)

    Date: 11-11-02 09:12

    Hi All,

    I have two questions today. First, they are giving flu shots here at my workplace and I was just wondering what are the guideliines for this. Does the flu shot affect us with HOCM any differently. I have only take the shot one time and that was before my diagnosis. I had no problems at all but now I am very symptomatic and don't know whether I should or not. Secondly, after two years of preaching my sisters and brother are finally listening and getting tested. ( Our father had HCM) So far I am the only one that has inherited this gift from him, but my brother has an echo last week and the family doctor called him yesterday to say that he has an enlarged heart chamber. This doctor knows that he was tested specifically for HCM but never mentioned this just that he needed to come in for a complete physical and he wanted to check his blood pressure. He told him that high blood pressure can cause this. I thought an enlarged heart chamber, no matter which one would be a red flag especially with our history. I told my brother to get a copy of the echo report so I could read it and he is but I also think that maybe he should start looking for another doc too. Am I jumping the gun on this or should I encourage him to investigate further exactly what this might mean? Thanks and again this board is TERRIFIC!!!!

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    Author: Lisa Salberg (208.47.172.---)

    Date: 11-11-02 11:24

    Susan... Lets not get the cart in front of the horse... The term enlarged may need to be evaluated...if the "chamber" is enlarged...thats one thing...if the ventrical has large walls that is different. Lets see if he can get a copy of the echo report and we can go from there.

    Yes it does sound a bit odd given your family history...how old is your brother?

    Go slow... the information will come soon and then we will know what we are dealing with.

    All the best,

    Lisa

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    Author: Linda, Bd of Directors (---.wmnsmd.adelphia.net)

    Date: 11-11-02 12:06

    Susan, The flu shot is recommended for anyone with chronic health problems and will not affect someone with HCM any differently than anyone else. However, the flu can affect someone with HCM or any chronic problem more seriously than the general population. You will have a consent to sign that explains any concerns about allergies, etc. If you have a fever or acute illness, you will be advised to wait till well to get the shot. Remember that the flu shot only protects against those particular strains of flu included in the shot for that year. Each year, it is different, depending on the strains predicted to be most problematic that yr. If you have not had a pneumonia shot, it is a good idea to discuss this with your doctor. As with the flu shot, it doesn't prevent all pneumonias, only one strain, but that particular strain presents the most serious complications. The pneumonia shot is different from the flu shot in that it lasts longer than one year. It generally only needs to be updated every 10 yrs or so. The flu shot probably only provides protection for 10-12 wks, but carries through the flu season. Follow your doctors advice, but definitely ask about it. Both shots provide excellent protection for a small amount of discomfort from an injection. We have these safeguards available to us, take advantage. Anyone who has ended up in ICU with complications from either condition can vouch for me on this one. Linda

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    Author: Susan (---.ceg.com)

    Date: 11-11-02 12:08

    My brother is 45 yrs old and is a contractor. He doesn't have any symptoms and is in very good physical shape. Maybe I'm jumping to conclusion too fast. But the exact words the doctor told him was that you have an enlarged heart chamber. He is getting the report when he goes for his physical and I'll get a copy. Thanks. Any thoughts on the flu shot. Do you take them?

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    Author: Susan (---.ceg.com)

    Date: 11-11-02 14:24

    Linda,

    Thanks for the info, I will definitely talk to the doc about getting both. I have never had the flu ( knock on wood) but from what I hear it is very nasty.

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    Author: Sarah B. Board Moderator (12.144.99.---)

    Date: 11-11-02 14:32

    Hi

    Re: flu shots. I get one every year and have for the last gosh, maybe 8 years now. The first year was yucky and it got less symptomatic each year. Just flu-y symptoms. It has never affected my heart.

    Sarah

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    Author: Reenie Smith (---.snbrca.adelphia.net)

    Date: 11-11-02 19:06

    Hi. I don't have HCM, but I do have other heart problems that include arrhythmias. I also have asthma. I had the pneumonia shot in 1996 and get a flu shot every year. I haven't ever had an adverse reaction to any of these immunizations. I hope this makes you feel better.

    Reenie
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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