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  • alternate therapies...

    Just out of curiosity....Has anybody done any research regarding alternative medicine help for HCM? e.g. Homeopathy, accupressure, etc.
    Is it even a known condition in other forms of sciences except mainstream medicine?

    On a different subject, drinking fluids helps with HCM. What is the scientific mechanism by which hydration affects HCM heart? Is it the water holding capacity in the muscle cells of the heart?
    Ketan Thanki

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    Re: alternate therapies...

    Hydration is important for everyone, regardless of HCM or not. When you are dehydrated, your body can not dispose of metabolic waste as easily. They concentrate in your system and usually in the form of various salts. these salts in turn "need" water to become more neutral and will take it from any source available. The blood is affected by being stripped of water. This makes the blood actually thicker, or more viscous. Your heart now must work harder to push blood throughout the body. Its like having to pump oil vs. water, it takes a lot more work. That makes your gradient go up if you have one and just plain wears you out. Anything you eat with salts or sugars in it will do this, even diet soda or coffee (caffein), and alcohol is particularily bad. So drinking large amounts of water can offset the imbalance of your salt intake. Ever eat a big bowl of salty popcorn and not drink water? Even being out in the sun on a hot day dehydrates your body through perspiration. A good rule of thumb to know if you are well hydrated or not is if your urine is clear you are hydrated, if not, you need to take more water.

    Doug
    NEMC's (Boston) First Myectomy 7-22-2003

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      Doug,
      I understand the normal theory behind hydration...
      I have come across information about the variation in septal measurement which is affected by ofcourse the measuring equipment, person making measurment, hydration,etc. I was just curious if the water content in mycardial cell affects the septal thickness.
      If that is the case, there are supplements which can affect water holding capacity of the cells... I know if I am thinking on a tangent here but there is nothing wrong in throwing ideas on the table...
      Ketan Thanki

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        Re: alternate therapies...

        To answer your question, in general no. The variation of thickness in the septum (smooth myocardial muscle cells) would be offset by the error rate of the measurement. The change in size due to hydration level would not be meaningful. If anything, extreme chronic dehydration would make the septum a wee bit smaller, but it is unlikely the most gifted echocardiographer could detect the difference over time. It really just boils down to how hard the heart must work to push blood and how that would make you feel.

        I agree, its great to throw questions out. Everyone brings something to the table and the more dialogue there is the better off we will all be.

        Doug
        NEMC's (Boston) First Myectomy 7-22-2003

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          Re: alternate therapies...

          Your heart works harder when you are dehydrated - this can through off measurements.
          Alt. Meds- -I know many people who have tried many things - -it appears that many things help many people for many reasons...however the health benefits do not tend to help the heart/HCM they tend to help other functions of the body --that in turn help the person feel better.
          Lisa
          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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