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    40 year old competitive squash update - after my initial positive stress echo which found I had hcm affecting the apex and posterolateral walls of the left ventricle I have undergone a MRI scan and holter monitoring while playing a competitive squash game. The MRI scan confirmed the maximum thickness of the wall at around 1.9 cm. During the hour long squash game my heart rate peaked at 180 beats per minute. I was a hard game but the hardest I have played. There were no rhythm abnormalites at this rate. My heart specialist believes social squash should be safe, but says I should probably give up playing competitively although the risk of heart attack appears low. He is going to a conference overseas next week and will discuss my case further. He is not recomending any drugs at this stage. But wants to see me every 6 months. I think I will keep playing squash, I am training for our national champs in October. For me living a life without risks is not something I want to contemplate. I was almost run over on a pedestrain crossing last week! Naturally I will be keep a close monitor on myself and may give up in a couple of years time.

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    Rob, I'm glad you feel so well. You know your body better than anyone else, so just remember to listen to it. I hope that you do well in your tournament in October.

    Reenie
    Reenie

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

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      While true you have a good chance of getting hit by or in a car... you also have risks when living with HCM....
      Please be careful and consider seeing an HCM specialist...please...

      Lisa
      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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        Rob,

        "Limiting your challenges is a great way to acheive certainty, but challenging your limits is a certain way to acheive greatness".

        Nea M. Cohen

        By the way, we play with a blue dot ball here. Once you get it warmed up, it doesn't bounce too much. I've never played with a double yellow dot, what's the difference. Good luck with your training and don't forget to hydrate.

        Take care,

        Bert

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        • #5
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          Dang, 180 MHR. In all my years of competitive running (pre HCM diagnosis) I never got that high. My maximum achieved was 176.

          Now if I get any where near 140, I pass out.

          Best of luck to you.

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          • #6
            Re: Competitive squash player update

            Originally posted by Bert

            "Limiting your challenges is a great way to acheive certainty, but challenging your limits is a certain way to acheive greatness".

            Nea M. Cohen
            Bert,
            I can not help but think that this quote was intented to motive one to do their best...and to know the difference between doing good for ones self and placing one at undue risk. I do like the quote...it in fact is one of those I have used to get myself through difficult days...but my favorite is "Focus on the Future!"

            Best to all!

            Lisa
            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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              Re: Competitive squash player update

              Sure. Quotes for me is like art. The impression is left to the eyes/ears of the beholder. Some can be motivating while others can be shocking.

              "You must do the things you think you cannot do"

              Eleanor Roosevelt

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                Rob,

                The American Heart Association claims that the absolute risk associated with exertion is quite small. It's also clear that regular exercise reduces the risk of triggering myocardial infarctions and sudden death by isolated bouts of exertion. They recommend this because it lowers the baseline risk and also reduces the relative risk that an episode of exertion will trigger SCD.

                The more I think about that, it's probably what's keeping you going, the fact that you're in good shape and your heart is accustomed to physical stress. Although, don't forget to hydrate! Just a thought...

                Bert

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                • #9
                  Re: Competitive squash player update

                  apples and oranges...
                  MI and SD secondary to HCM have nothing in common.
                  LIsa
                  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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                  • #10
                    Re: Competitive squash player update

                    First of all, I love the quote!

                    "Limiting your challenges is a great way to acheive certainty, but challenging your limits is a certain way to acheive greatness".

                    Nea M. Cohen

                    Second, I can't believe I haven't read this thread before now! What is SCM? Aren't virtually all issues affecting the Heart related in one way or another?

                    -Darren

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                      Re: Competitive squash player update

                      I think you mean SCD? Sudden Cardiac Death...

                      There are many things that can go "wrong" with the heart that have nothing to do with other "things". For example many people refer to a family member as "he had a heart attach at a young age" - this his not a true medical diagnosis... was it a cardiac arrest or a myocardial infarction - one is a lack of O2 to the heart muscle one is a rythm problem - both have to do with the heart but the root cause is not anything remotely close to each other.

                      Does this help answer your question?
                      Lisa
                      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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