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    Hi everyone,
    I have a question. My boyfriend has HCM and he recently had an echo and went to the cardiologist today to go over things. The doc said that the muscle got thicker. I was kind of curious as to how that happens? He is 22. Does it get thicker as he gets older? He also put him on Toprol-XL to help with his breathing and blood pressure. If anyone takes that medication feel free to let me know your thoughts. Thanks so much.

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    Hi. There are a couple of things that can be happening here with the different echo results. First of all he might still be growing and his HCM hasn't fully manifested itself. Secondly, you can get quite varied results by different technicians. As far as the Toprol question goes, please use the search function on this board to look that up. There have been many posts on that medicine.

    Reenie
    Reenie

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

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      Hi

      Your bf should request a copy of the echo and the previous one, too, and it lists all the measurements and what the are (were). There is a post in the board that helps you read the abbreviations on the report.

      It is very true that echos can vary (usually just a little bit) from each other. This is why you get them every year when you are younger so any big changes can be taken care of if need be (meds, surgery, etc).

      Toprol XL is a long acting beta-blocker which is the medication of choice to help the heart beat better (less hard) and reduce the heart rate. Every beta-blocker is slightly different, so if he doesn't like that one he can talk to his doctor about trying others. Never stop taking them cold turkey, it can make you worse. Also, they can make you sleepy or unfocused. If so, try taking it at night.

      take care,

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