Medical Management of HCM
Whenever possible, we manage HCM using the safest and most effective drugs and medical devices.
An overly stiff and thick muscle associated with HCM in there hypertrophic heart means that the heart is unable to meet the blood supply demands of the body. Often beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers can help relax the heart muscle and control the associated arrhythmias.
A diuretic is indicated if a patient is retaining fluid in the arms or legs.
If a patient shows evidence of an irregular heartbeat, the first line of treatment is medication. Anti-arrhythmic drugs can reduce the chances of recurrent arrhythmias, especially atrial fibrillation.
Using genetic testing and risk stratification, we are able to determine which individuals with HCM may benefit from a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
Our staff also includes specialists who can assess the heart and perform electrophysiology studies.