It’s important to remember that if you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), you were born with it—you didn’t do anything wrong.
Still it’s normal to worry. You may feel anger or disbelief at first. But if you start to notice that fears of having this genetic condition—and how it might affect your heart and health – keep you up at night or are causing a lot of distress, talk with your care team.
Finding ways to keep a positive outlook and manage stress with calming relaxation exercises also can help.
As with any health issues, you are your best advocate. If something doesn’t quite feel right or you’re feeling unusually down for an extended period, talk with your doctor or nurse.
The good news is that most people have no or minimal symptoms throughout their life and even for those with symptoms, most people with HCM can lead a normal life with treatment and follow-up.