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    I was diagnosed 7 years ago at 32 with HCM but am now doing well
    as I am considered in the "mild range". My ejection fraction went from
    25% to 45%. I played college softball and now I have been asked to
    help pitch to the girls high school team. The other day I was surprised at
    how out of breath I got as I do work out 5-6 days a week. I would like
    to keep doing this activity, but am giving it second thoughts?

    Any Advice,


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    Re: Fast Pitch Softball

    Gail, Welcome to the HCMA. I will suggest that you call Lisa at 973-983-7429 to talk to her. I would like to know what the "mild" range is. How do they determine it? There are many people who have smaller measurements who have lots of symptoms and ther are others who have larger measurements who have few symptoms. It sounds to me like you might need to be evaluated by a specialist. Lisa can help you find one in your region who is right for you.


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


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      Re: Fast Pitch Softball

      The numbers you have used do not make sense to me. Those with HCM normally have EF's that are 50% or greater, unless the condition has moved into a "burned out" phase. Are you sure you are not refering to gradients? that would be measured by "mm's" millimeters of mercury.

      S/B is common in HCM and may not have been an issue in the past but now may be hitting you... this is rather common.

      Let me know...

      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: Fast Pitch Softball

        Gail, I am 16 years old and play fast pitch softball. I either pitch, play right field, or first base. Basically, I'll play anywhere they tell me to.
        Hypertrophic cardiomyothy runs amok in my family---in 5 generations of 25 people, 16 test positive for the gene that causes HCM. My genetic testing shows that I as positive for the gene. However, I am screened each summer at Duke university Medical Center in Durham, NC. So far, I have no symptoms of any kind. If the day comes when I'm told there are some changes in my heart, I know that I will not be able to play any longer. Find a good cardiologist, one that specializes in HCM, and see what is really going on and what they recommend. Good Luck.

        Cynthia Patterson