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    Whoa. A routine preoperative visit with my doctor and his np turned into a last minute decision to schedule me this thursday for an exploratory angioplasty to figure out if there is additional blockage and to determine if the blood vessels are the right size for the ablation procedure. I am ok with this as the sharp chest pains are worrisome. I also have now spoken to three of my younger siblings, all showing syptoms and none so far have seen an HCM specialist so the alert is out. My sister reports that her m.d.'s have inferred that her complaints sound like anxiety (sound familiar, folks?) and have blown her off. However, her echo from a few years back showed early symptoms of hcm. There is a desperate need for education for general practitioners, coaches, athletic teams, cardiologists and e.r. staff on this condition. I am blown away.

    Marty Kennedy
    Alcohol ablation January, 2004. Stent placed, September, 2003. Now...at age 53...working out, building a cabin, sober and clean. A 2nd chance at life. There is hope, there is a future. Have faith.

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    Re: Exploratory Angioplasty, Alcohol Ablation and update

    Marty, Best wishes and please keep us posted. I hope the rest of your family are able to be cleared quickly. It's difficult enough when one family member is having probs without several others having worrisome situations also. Linda

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      Marty,

      Good luck on Thursday. The HCMA office has information we can provide to your family members that they can share with their doctors. Just have them contact us and we will be more than happy to mail it out to them.

      Kelly
      Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you do with what happens to you.

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        As you will see in my other topical posting things got a little more complex on thursday when they found an artery with 70% blockage. While the equipment was in place and I was in position we went ahead with a balloon angio and stint. I was up and around that night and home yesterday, with only one night in the hospital. I feel better already and am now rebuilding myself but thnk I am going to be ok. I was much sicker than I realized. My lesson to all;;;just because you have hcm don't let them overlook other issues like coronary artery disease. I believe that I was saved from a fatal heart attack. Your support on this site was so important. Take care, everyone.
        Alcohol ablation January, 2004. Stent placed, September, 2003. Now...at age 53...working out, building a cabin, sober and clean. A 2nd chance at life. There is hope, there is a future. Have faith.

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          Re: Exploratory Angioplasty, Alcohol Ablation and update

          Good point and not the 1st time it has come up!
          Yes we have HCM that does not leave us clear of OTHER forms of heart disease! Watch those diets and treat your body well!
          Martin - I am glad this was taken care of.... PLEASE be careful before seeking the ASA... I would get at least 2 opinions from other center before you go ahead.... NEVER can be too careful.

          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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            Re: Exploratory Angioplasty, Alcohol Ablation and update

            Marty, good to hear you are doing better with one issue resolved. What does that mean for your ablation procedure? Are you still going ahead with that when you are mended from the angio?

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