Is My Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Treatable?

Q:

I was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy two days ago. Is this disease treatable?

A:

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can’t be cured, but it is treatable. There are several types of treatment for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Medicine Treatment

As your heartbeat is rapid because of the disease, your doctor may give you medicines to slow the heart rate and relax the heart muscle. Common drugs include beta blockers such as metoprolol, propranolol or atenolol, calcium channel blockers such as verapamil or diltiazem, and heartbeat-controlling medicines such as amiodarone or disopyramide.

Septal myectomy

Septal mtectomy is an open-hearted surgery. The surgeon has part of the thickened septum between the ventricles removed in the procedure. This surgery can improve blood flow and reduce mitral regurgitation.

Septal ablation

A septal ablation is a procedure in which a small portion of thickened heart muscle is destroyed by alcoholic injection through a catheter into the artery which supplies blood to that area. Symptoms can be improved after septal ablation is done.

Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)

If you have ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, your doctor may recommend you to have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. These symptoms are heart rhythm disorders that can threaten your life. But with an ICD, your life is largely secured. It is a small medical device which continuously monitors your heartbeat. Like the implantation of a pacemaker, ICD is installed in your chest.

 

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