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  • Sleeping with HOCM

    I am a 64 year old female with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. I sometimes have problems finding a comfortable sleeping position at night . If I sleep on my left side or on my back , I can really feel my heart throb. Is it hard on my heart if I sleep on my left side, and is it normal to feel my heart to beat so strongly?
    septal myectomy on Jan. 27, 2005

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    Re: Sleeping with HOCM

    Your feelings are very common for HCMers and most will say sleeping on there right side is most comfortable.
    Every great thing that has ever happened since the beginning of time has started as a single thought in someones mind.
    So if you are capable of thought then you are capable of great things
    Good luck and stay well.


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      Re: Sleeping with HOCM

      Are you currently taking any medications for your HOCM? They can usually reduce the intensity and strength of the beating. I too felt as if my heart was going to beat right out of my chest at times. Between atenolol and the verapamil I currenlty take, the intensity of the contractions has reduced and it is more comfortable. You should be able to see some improvement through medication for this.