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  • testing siblings for HCM

    Will and EKG show any indication of HCM? Of course my brothers and sister know that I have it and had mentioned to them to get checked out. I know my youngest brother has had EKG's but no mention of any abnormality.
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

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    Re: testing siblings for HCM

    I had an EKG in 2000 that showed evidence of a previous heart attack. An ensuing echo was negative and the doctor kind of shrugged it off. Then, this past February, another routine EKG again showed evidence of a previous heart attack. An echo was ordered again and this time they diagnosed HCM. So I guess it's fair to say that an EKG can show abnormalities in a person with HCM, but that alone won't diagnose it.


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      Re: testing siblings for HCM

      An EKG can show anomalies in the heart rhythm, but not all people with HCM have odd EKG's.

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


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        Re: testing siblings for HCM

        Most EKG's or ECG's (same thing) will show that "something" is not "normal"... however SOME with HCM do have "normal" readings...that is why Echo is the gold standard test for HCM.
        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)


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          Re: testing siblings for HCM

          A good cardiologist/ekg reader should be able detect hint of hypertrophy on EKG.
          After my first episode of heart block in last couple of month, I went and reviewed all my EKGs since 1979, and not a single cardiologist has a note on HCM or hypertropy in the EKG readings.
          So being an electronics engineer, I decided to learn the electronics of heart myself. Got bunch of books on cardiac rythm, and started learning EKG reading. From, electronics perspective, its not too bad to learn.

          BUT ALL my EKGs show clear indication of hypertrophy. Of course, in my research, I have noticed that there is no exact electrical signal for HCM, but there is electronic signature of hypertrophy in the signals. The QRS signal going down will show a minor glitch or time delay after the peak. Of course, one cannot say it is HCM, but a logical thing to do should be an echo.[/u]
          Ketan Thanki