Author: Barbara (---.proxy.aol.com)

Date: 01-28-02 22:01

My brother had surgery just one year ago to remove some heart muscle b/c of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Prior to surgery he would sweat easily, such as while eating. We all thought this would resolve after surgery but it has not. Any thoughts on what may be causing the sweating? Sometimes he may have to et up twice a night to change clothes and bedding. No other associated symptoms with this. Have you ever heard of this? I look forward to your reply,THANKS.


[Re: diaphoresis]

Author: ajsully (---.bna.bellsouth.net)

Date: 03-12-02 01:42

Hello Barbara,

This sounds all too familair to me! I'll try to explain it to you the way that my doctor explained it to me. Eating, sleeping, activity, stress causes a blood volume shifts in the body, which effects those of us with HCM, by causing an irregular heartrate. It kind of slows down the amount of blood that the heart pumps, then the heart tries to catch up. While sleeping heartrate would drop into the 30's then jump up into the 190's, this would go on all night. Same thing would happen after eating, which made it very hard to keep any food down! I had a dual chamber defibrillator implanted, so now my heart is being paced at all times, I only wake up all sweaty if I have been too active thoughout the day, and I go through periods of not being able to eat, but it is nothing like it was before the implant!

Your brother should have a EP study done. The HCM can damage the electrical curcuits of the heart causing the chambers to not work together, and the surgery that he had can disrupt the natural order for the hearts electrical system also.