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HCMfamily I'm a southern girl, a pastor's wife, a mom, and a freelance writer. My father-in-law and husband have both been diagnosed with HCM and we are awaiting tests on my children.
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  • Chest Pain

    Hi everyone! Hoping for some insight here… My husband has HCM and had a myectomy at CC in December 2011. Since then, he has done wonderfully. Two months ago, he started having horrible chest pain that he compared to the pain he experienced in the days following surgery. He had an echo done and sent to Dr. Lever at CC and he said everything looked good and it was likely pericarditis and would subside on its own. Sure enough, after about a week, he was back to normal.

    Now the pain has returned and it's exactly like last time… comes and goes in waves and he is hurting similar to after his surgery. Since he just had the echo done a couple months ago, he feels like it's pointless to go back to the local cardiologist. Plus we don't have insurance at the moment either and unfortunately, that does make a difference.

    I don't think it is a life threatening situation as I've seen him in that situation prior to myectomy, but he is obviously uncomfortable. Any thoughts on what this might be? Arthritis? Scar tissue? More pericarditis? Help!

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    Re: Chest Pain

    Hard to say but did they treat the pericarditis if so you might call and ask for a refill. Tylenol, heat can help with arthritis, cold weather can also attribute to discomfort fro the wires. Is he SOB? If so he needs to be checked again or if pain gets worse. My first thought would be just call Dr.

    Diagnosed in 1977, Myectomy in 1981 @ Mayo Rochester
    ICD&Pacemaker 1996
    Heart transplant March 19, 2004 @ Mayo Rochester
    Mom of Kaye.


    • #3
      Re: Chest Pain

      No shortness of breath, but maybe the cold is contributing. The temperature here has dropped rapidly and my rheumatoid arthritis is flared badly. Maybe the cold is bothering his incision area too. Thanks for your help! We will definitely call CC is he gets worse or has any other symptoms.


      • #4
        Re: Chest Pain

        I've had the same problem the past week. Chest pains 5 days in a row so I finally went to the hospital to get the basic check up,, all clear. The temp did drop here briefly for south Georgia, I hope it's something that simple because chest pains have never been an issue with me. I'm still going to email the Dr and see what he says. I'll post anything that maybe helpful.
        diagnosed 1986
        no symptoms until 2011
        ICD 2011
        Septal Myectomy June 2012 @ Emory


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