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    [What should I do now?]

    Author: Kelly C. (63.147.47.---)

    Date: 04-11-02 01:11

    I just stumbled across this site and am happy I did so. I could use some direction.

    I am a 39 year old male, who recently had an ECG because of past Phen-Fen use. The good news is, I have no valvular damage. However, the cardiologist's report indicates that I have "mild to moderate ventricular hypertrophy with mild bi-atrial enlargement." This is the first time I have even heard of it, let alone been diagnosed.

    My PCP doesn't know, and I do plan on discussing it with him (eventually). But since I am not currently insuranced, I don't visit him until I have to. Is this something that should be addressed ASAP? Other than fatigue (diagnosed as symptoms of another issue), I haven't had any obvious symptoms of HCM. I don't know if I should panic, or not worry too much about it.

    Advise?

    Thanks

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    [Re: What should I do now?]

    Author: Sarah Beckley (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 04-11-02 08:15

    Dear Kelly,

    This is definitely something you should have checked out asap. You don't need to panic, but you do need to confirm the diagnosis and be evaluated to make sure you don't need any medication and that you are not at any risk for sudden death (a small percentage of HCM patients are).

    What is your family history with heart problems?

    Please call the HCMA office to get the names of HCM specialists. 973-983-7429.

    take care,

    Sarah

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    [Re: What should I do now?]

    Author: Sarah Beckley (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 04-11-02 08:16

    Dear Kelly,

    This is definitely something you should have checked out asap. You don't need to panic, but you do need to confirm the diagnosis and be evaluated to make sure you don't need any medication and that you are not at any risk for sudden death (a small percentage of HCM patients are).

    What is your family history with heart problems?

    Please call the HCMA office to get the names of HCM specialists. 973-983-7429.

    take care,

    Sarah

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    [Re: What should I do now?]

    Author: Kelly C. (63.147.47.---)

    Date: 04-11-02 09:21

    Thanks for the reply.

    My paternal grandfather died of a myocardial infarction at age 75

    Maternal grandmather: coronary atherosclerosis (age 90)

    Paternal grandfather: cardiac failure, coronary occlusion and arteriosclerosis (age 65)

    Great-grandfather: congenitive heart failure/arteriosclerosis (age 82)

    Great-grandmother: myocardial infarction (age 75)

    How's that for a history?

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    [Re: What should I do now?]

    Author: Sarah Beckley (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 04-11-02 17:50

    Dear Kelly

    Well, except for your paternal grandfather who died at 65, those are all considered close to or past average life expectancies, even though they were all cardiac related.

    I was asking b/c if there were some family members who died of an MI or other cardiac problem at a young age (under 50) then you would want to think about an ICD. But that is clearly not the case (thank goodness).

    Take care,

    Sarah
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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