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  • cautious optimism

    I posted about a week ago with my concerns about family history. My Grandmother has HCM and I have been very concerned that it was passed to me, even though I have no symptoms and both parents have had clear echos. I finally went to my GP (a real breakthrough for me, I have terrible doctor phobia). It was my first visit to a doctor in almost ten years and I was convinced he was going to find something horribly wrong with me. Instead, he said he can't hear any heart murmur and doesn't believe I have anything to worry about. But he did order an echo to set my mind at ease. And, although I know I should be slightly relieved by his results, I am still nervous about the echo. He also put me on medication for anxiety (no big surprise).

    Thanks to all of you who responded to my earlier post, your knowledge and kind words are helpful.


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    Dear Chris,

    Glad to hear the good news. Keep it up!! Don't forget that it can take up to 6 weeks for anti-anxiety medication to kick in, so hang in there! Let us know your echo results and talk to you soon.



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      Hi Chris. I'm glad you saw the GP. Your echo will probably all be clear. If not, remember it isn't the end of the world. I hope the new meds help you and don't forget to let us know the results of your echo.


      Husband has HCM.
      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


      • #4
        Re: the meds


        Good luck with everything. Hopefully the echo comes back clear. If it does, you should feel at ease because the echo is the real test and will really give the cardiologist the answers.

        As for your meds, some of those anti-anxiety meds can screw with the electric signals of your heart. I was on them for a while and when my HCM specialist found out he promptly recommended that I stop taking them. I did and I've done well since. Just something to keep in mind.

        Again, good luck.
        Tom Mc.
        Apical HCM