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  • Adoption- HMC

    Hi again everyone!
    Gee I never seem to get any work done since I found this site. LOL
    Anyways! Just a topic for anyone who may be able to help or direct me to where I can get help.
    I was adopted at birth and found my birth mother at age 25. I'm 32 now.
    She has mitro valve prolapse and her sisters and mother have some kind of heart problems (Not HMC) - One sister had to have her heart shocked back into rhythm but apprently had some kind of surgery and is better. Here's where my problem arrises. My birth mother only knows my birth fathers name (G.B.). She says he probably lives in Victoria BC or the US somewhere - if he's alive. Well, this is the only information I have on him but I'd like to know if his family has HMC. Nobody on my birthmother's side has it - Soooo where did it come from? I've tried everything to find him but no luck... Maybe he is dead! How can I find out? Any help would be greatly appreciated. As always, thanks for listening.
    Tammy

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    OOOOOOOOOOps! I'm 33.....
    Tammy

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      Tammy,

      It sounds to me that if your mom's family has so many heart problems, they might be the ones who have passed the gene. The only way to know is for her to have an echo and for the results to be reviewed by a cardiologist who knows he's looking for a link to HCM. Sometimes the changes are slight enough that people who are not looking specifically for that can overlook it. Besides that, I have no idea on how to search for your dad. You might want to consider taking his name off this post, though, because we try not to put up personal information about others. Just my thoughts. I hope someone else can help you.

      Reenie
      Reenie

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

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        Sorry about the name thing. I guess becuase he's not someone "real" to me I didn't think about that....How do I take it off?
        Tammy

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          At the top of the post there are 2 places to click. One says quote and one says edit. Click the edit one and it will allow you to make any changes you want to. I know you weren't trying to disrespect anyone. Thanks for correcting it.
          Reenie

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

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            Dear Tammy,

            I took your birth dad's name down to his initials for you. I hope that is ok since you indicated you wanted to take it out.

            As for saying that "no one has it on your birth mother's side" --um, I think Reenie is on the money with this one.

            Mitral valve prolapse is often found with HCM and also misdiagnosed for it. Atrial fibrillation can be caused by HCM (it sounds like sis had a radio frequency ablation to have it fixed). I would suggest they all get new echos and have them reviewed by a specialist. Lisa can hook you up there ---call 973-983-7429.

            Mild HCM is often overlooked as being "normal" especially by doctors who never see it and especially years ago before it was even more obscure as it is now.

            As for finding your dad, there are tons of places on the internet to do this. Use google.com to search for adoption registries. Here is one: http://www.adoptionregistry.net/

            Take care and good luck,

            S

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              Thanks for changing that for me Sarah. I'll know better next time.....
              Tammy

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