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  • Family History

    Yes, I do have a family history of heart disease on both sides. Mother died suddenly at age 62, her sister at age 52 and her brother at 63 all from heart condictions. On my father's side his brother at 62, last December; his sister (had valve disorder) at 65 this December all from heart condictions. As far as my blood pressure is concerned the bottom number has always been high. Up until 8 years ago I did not go to the doctor very often and being in a high stress job for 25 years (police officer) I would say it was high. I have since retired and my blood pressure since off the tropol is normal, except for the bottom which is still high. I got copy of my echo but it was only a summary, it did not have any measurements. I will call my doctor's office and request a copy and take with me to my Wake Forest appt on Jan 15th. hopefully I will get some straight answers. If you are wondering about my father, he died of a accidential gun shot wound at age 45 but he never went to the doctor
    and the only problem I can remember is that he had a lot of stomach trouble.

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    To get to the bottom of this you will need to get that echo report and we can start from there. It sounds like it could very well be HCM - or maybe not ... lets look at the echo and see what that says.

    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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