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    I found this site this past week and since I am told that I have HCM and I certainly have the symptoms, especially lately, I thought that it would be something good for me to talk to others that have the same problems.

    A few years ago I joined a site that was very helpful when my wife was very sick with strokes and I had to take care of her and try to understand what was going on. I made friends on the site that helped me and hopefully I helped them.

    Lately I have been getting really faint and nearly passing out after doing things like climbing my stairs, while I am dancing with my lady friend and also when bowling. I recently had a stress test that they said was normal. I am on medication that I started a few years ago. It is a beta blocker ( Metoprolol ) and it has done some good. Oh, well I guess you know the story.

    I am a muscian and play jazz sax and have done so, mostly as an avocation for a long time. I am 77 years old. Love life but this HCM really stumps me sometimes.

    Enough rambling........It will be nice talking to someone who is going through the same thing.


    Elmo ( call me Mo ) Smith

  • #2
    Welcome Mo!
    You sound like a very interesting person...and at age 77 I am impressed that you are still out dancing and playing music - HCM or NOT!
    I would suggest you see a specialist to help evaluate your symptoms and possibly review you medications.
    If you need help getting to a specialist, please call the HCMA office.
    Best wishes and again welcom to the HCMA!
    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)


    • #3

      Hi Mo. Welcome. These good folks will offer helpful advice and surround you as you discover the ins and outs of HCM in your particular case. I wish you the best.
      God Squad co-moderator
      Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness


      • #4

        Hi Elmo,
        Welcome to the club. I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I am 42years old ,I was diangnosed w/ HOCM at 34, I am on my 2nd pacemaker, I am in controlled A-FIB. I to use to have a hard time walking up stairs and got winded easily.Afters 8 years of taking medication( also metroprolol) and pacing my gradient has decreased and I just recently moved into a 2 story house, and the stairs are not a problem anymore .
        I thank God everyday for the changes in my life.
        Enough about me the reason I am saying this I to am a Jazz Saxophonist. I think it is great you are out their cutting a rug and playing your sax. Listen to your Doctors and you will continue to have a good time. Good luck to you.