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  • a-fib/HCM

    if people with "normal" hearts can get atrial fibrillation, and people with HCM can get atrial fibrillation, is the cause for it the same in both cases? electrical pathways out of whack?
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: a-fib/HCM

    Cynthia, my answer to your other question on afib pretty much covers this too. I'm sure there are probably some unknown causes of atrial fib, but any heart that has atrial fib is not normal. There are many conditions that can cause that left atrium to stretch out. Uncontrolled high BP, valve abnormalities from causes other than HCM, etc. In atrial fib, too many areas are trying to start the beat, they all want to be the boss and the muscles just don't contract together. It's a malfunction in the muscle and electrical system.

    I know Sarah will be able to give us some good info on this. I'm sure she will be checking in soon, probably a few others too. Let's see what they can add. Linda

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      Re: a-fib/HCM

      I don't have HCM, but did have electrical problems. Mine wasn't described at atrial fibrillation, but atrial flutter. Lisa and I discussed this and she said that some doctors contend that atrial flutter may be unsustained atrial fibrillation. The cause for my problems was an extra electrical pathway that was large enough and far enough away from the AV node to be ablated with radio frequency. This may or may not be something they can do with an HCM heart.

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

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