What should I ask my doctor about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy treatment?
Assessing the risk of sudden cardiac death is a patient’s most pressing question. Watch this video with thoracic surgeon Dr. Hiroo Takayama to learn why it’s also smart to discuss risk assessment for family members.
In terms of screening of your family member, there are various genetic as well as
imaging tests available to screen your family member for this disease.
You should know what to ask when you are seeing a doctor for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Two important things to ask to your cardiologist are one, treatment about yourself,
two, screening for your family member. And in terms of treatment of yourself,
the most important aspect is to ask the risk of sudden cardiac death about yourself.
And also, based on the risk stratification, you may or may not be advised to have defibrillator in place.
Also, important things are screening for left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, as well as the risk
of having a heart arrhythmia. Appropriate medication has to be tried
to relieve your symptoms and your clinical anatomical conditions. In terms of screening of your family member,
there are various genetic as well as imaging tests available to screen your family
member for this disease. This is extremely, extremely important. When it comes down to surgery, the surgery
entails septal myectomy, in which the thickened portion of the heart muscle is shaved off.
You should ask your surgeon about the experience of him or herself about this operation.
Though it sounds simple, this operation has to be done by a specialized surgeon who
has interest and training about this condition. [AUDIO LOGO]
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