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  • hormonal changes

    Has anyone ever heard of hormonal changes (i.e. menopause) having any effect with HCM? Just wondering
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: hormonal changes

    Cynthia,

    I've never heard of any particular impact of menopause on HCM--and I've done a lot of investigation about both "conditions."

    I can tell you from personal experience, however, that it is impossible to distinguish the hot flashes of menopause from the "sweats" which can be a side effect of beta-blockers. I try to consider them "power surges" in the best of feminist thinking, but I don't always manage to keep a positive attitude!

    Pat

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      Re: hormonal changes

      I was told by a former MD that our heart likes for everything to remain even, so when it comes to hormones, fluctuations can cause pvc's in some. He didn't say this was specific to those with HCM, I figured he was talking in general.
      HOCM, Septal Myectomy 10/02 (Mayo Clinic), Medtronic ICD 10/07, TIA 10/07

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        Re: hormonal changes

        One of the speakers at the meeting this weekend said that some patients report that menses can worsen symptoms. I think you can probably extend that to say that hormone fluctuations can affect symptoms too.

        Reenie
        Reenie

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

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          Re: hormonal changes

          There is a great deal of data in the med. liturature about women and heart disease (not HCM but in general) and there are some connections between symptoms - now the trick is to figure out WHAT IT IS? and how to control it.

          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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