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Should mother-in-law have ECHO?


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  • Should mother-in-law have ECHO?

    My husband was diagnosed in October with HCM at the age of 33. Should my mother-in-law, age 55, see a cardiologist for an ECHO or has she "stood the test of time"? Her Internist has told her that if she hasn't shown signs by now that she is okay and doesn't need to see a cardiologist. I feel like she needs have it checked out.

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    Re: Should mother-in-law have ECHO?

    Your husband's mother should be included in the family screening. We are seeing late onsets and finding some affected individuals only because of the screening. She could be affected and not be symptomatic. Not everyone with HCM has a murmur. If her internist still is not convinced, talk to your husband's cardiologist and have him write out the specifics as to who should be screened. Also, call the HCMA office and ask for the information packet. That will explain screenings. Best wishes, Linda


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      Re: Should mother-in-law have ECHO?

      It is great that MIL is doing well. An negative echo will confirm that nothing needs to be done (but get another echo in 5 years) and a postitive echo means that if she does need treatment, she'll get it. Kind of a win-win situation.

      take care,



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        Re: Should mother-in-law have ECHO?

        OK Sarah that one took me a second... I was wondering Who Mil was?

        Yes she should be screened. Simple as that.

        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: Should mother-in-law have ECHO?

          Just read this post. I was diagnosed at the age of 19 with HCM and since my mother had had 3 children all natural, held a full time job, then she figured that she was fine, and did not go for any test. When I was 27 and pregnant with my child, my mom started to have palpatations, she went to doctor and guess what, she had HCM. She had dual pace maker put in about 5 years ago now, but now her heart is in cardiac tact, (that is what I call it) most of the time now. She is 66 now.
          Life is too short to worry about the trival things in life, So live life to the fullest.