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justinbobby05 I'm Justin. Age 23. Diagnosed with HCM in June of 2010 at age 23. Myectomy surgery on 4/29/11 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. ICD implanted on 9/24/12 Find out more about justinbobby05
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  • Cynaburst
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    Re: Is tanning a problem for us?

    So, not to be a party pooper, but I have just finished treatment for my second bout with melanoma. I would NEVER go anywhere near a tanning salon again. I wish I could go back in time and erase the tanning both in the sun and in salons (of which I did a very minimal amount anyway). It is certainly not worth your life, and I have spent way too much time and money and pain trying to guarantee that I am here on this earth for as long as I can be here. I think we should all, HCM or no, be as careful in the sun, as we are about anything else in this world.

    As for HCM risk, tanning can increase risk of dehydration which can cause problems with HCM. Stay hydrated.

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  • LindaSo
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    Yes, be sure to put plenty on your scar. When the "fresh" skin burns/tans it gets much darker that the rest of the skin and you end up with a dark line. Takes a long time (a few years) for it to fade. I used a rolled up hankerchief and put it on the scar because I didn't trust the sun tan lotion. I do agree with the tachycardia from being over heated. Happens to me all the time.

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  • justinbobby05
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    thanks guys! This is what I wanted to hear.

    I love tanning, it relaxes me and I haven't gone since before my surgery last April.
    I'm headed there now and I'll make sure to use sun screen on the scar.

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  • gfox42
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    If you mean to ask whether post-myectomy patients face unusual problems, I think Marc's advice is right.

    But I know that you know that tanning (whether in a tanning bed or walking around outside) is bad -- very bad -- for your health, whether you've had a myectomy or not. It's your choice, but there's only one healthy choice.

    Gordon

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  • mbcube
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    You should use a sun block on the scar for a year or so, after that, regular SPF lotion is good.
    ICD is fine - it doesn't heat up like jewlery! Stay hydrated!

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  • Moosedreams
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    Frosty:

    I can think of one issue. In my youth I used to be a mini George Hamilton (tan year round). That was accomplished both in tanning beds and out in the sun on a lounge chair or blanket on the sand. After a long tanning session in the heat and sun I remember quite clearly my heart often racing and pounding trying to cool my body. I am pretty darn sure that a self inflicted racing/pounding heart is not on the menu for us HCMers. However, just being out in the sun doing other things and getting some color is probably not a bad thing.

    Most things done in excess are somewhat bad for you I guess - my advice is just not to overdo it and if you feel your heart speed up and pound to cool you stop and find some shade .

    Toddle pip... Moosedreams

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  • Frosty
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    If you are talking about tanning salons and beds - I don't think they are good for anyone.

    If you are talking about "sun" - can't imagine a problem as long as you don't overdo it and remember to use a lotion.

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  • justinbobby05
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    Is tanning a problem for us?

    Supid question time:

    Is tanning a problem for post septal myectomy patients?
    How about patients with implanted devices?

    I can't see why it would be...but I felt like checking with people who would know.



    Thanks,
    Justin

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