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    Morning all,

    For the past 6 months I have been experiencing chest pain on exertion that disapeares with rest. It can be quite uncomfortable and some days I can walk further than others without it happening. I'm the type of person that just ignores the problem with the hopes that it will go away on it's own. Now I am not entirely ignorant, I understand that I could potentially have a problem but I didn't want to bother anyone in case it turned out to be nothing. I have a S-ICD so if there ever was/is a serious rhythm issue, the device would work it's magic. I have never had the device fire before. Recently I decided I'd had enough and built up the corouage to tell my Cardiologist about the issue. He has organised a stress test and put me on atenolol. I can't help but feel like I am just being silly though. What if the stress test doesn't show anything? I am going and not a fit person. I just don't want to make a fuss. I feel like I should have never said anything.

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    OK, so you have HCM and you're having a very bothersome symptom, but you're worried that maybe there's nothing wrong, and . . . the cardiologist will just shake their head?

    Yes, I know I've drawn a caricature, but you should know that this is very common. Not just among HCM patients, but among people in general.

    But it sounds as though you have every reason to consult your cardiologist - it's very sensible!

    That said, you should realize that your ICD is NOT magic. It can protect against certain dangerous arrhythmias, but not against any of the other problems HCM can cause. Like the chest pain you're complaining of. Like the obstruction that many of us develop. It really IS time for you to have a serious talk with your cardiologist, and if possible, with a cardiologist who's expert in HCM.

    By the way, our Facebook group is nowadays much more heavily used than this board. You're welcome to use either, but if you use Facebook you may find that more useful.

    Gordon
    Myectomy on Feb. 5, 2007.

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