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Patient Voices: Finding Ways to Do Things You Love

Living With HCM: Karen learned she had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, when she was 44. She loved playing the oboe and doing Pilates. At a certain point, she was told she would have to give them up.

But after she had a myectomy (surgery to remove part of the thickened wall of the heart and improve blood flow), she was able to do both again.  

For more information and tools to manage HCM, visit CardioSmart.org/HCM.
  • Last Edited February 17, 2022