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  • My brother was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome

    Does this relate at all to HCM?
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    Re: My brother was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Synd

    WPW doesn't have anything to do with HCM. It's an extra pathway in the heart that often conducts electricity back into the AV node instead of it following the normal pathways through the ventricles. (I hope I got that right. If not, somebody correct me.) It can cause seriously fast tachycardia but can usually be treated with either drugs or a radio frequency ablation that essentially burns the extra pathway so that it can't conduct any more.

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

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      Re: My brother was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Synd

      oh my goodness...that rings a bell with me. I vaguely remember my cardiologist years ago mentioning that to me when I was diagnosed with HCM> I forgot all about this. Would this show up on an echo? I know I have (I think its' "left" bundle branch block). I'm going to ask my pcp to go back in my records and find out
      \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

      Ralph Waldo Emerson

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        Re: My brother was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Synd

        Cynthia, I don't think it would show up on echo, but I do know that WPW has a distinctive stamp on an EKG. I just don't know if that marker is there all the time or only during arrhythmia.

        Reenie
        Reenie

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

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          Re: My brother was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Synd

          Your ECG runs with the echo...but the echo is really looking at the structure of the heart...not the electric.

          RE: WPW - it is a seperate condition....HOWEVER many times people with HCM have "conduction" problems, many look like and can be WPW.

          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: My brother was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Synd

            Hello, I am relatively new, but wanted to say my daughter has wpws..and has had 2 abalations.. she still has a `racing heart ' and pain. She hasnt any insurance and has had a hard time , work is a strain.. kids etc. She is taking atenenol when pain occurs. I dont think her heart is enlarged, mine isnt just st judes valve and quad by-pass, they arent related I hope, she cant take much more.
            Thankyou, Lupines
            May the wolf be free..

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