Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM is a heart condition where the heart muscle thickens abnormally. This thickening can occur in different parts of the heart, but usually occurs within the left ventricle, the main pumping chamber of the heart. Hypertrophic means "excessive growth" and cardiomyopathy means "heart muscle disease." This thickening usually does not compromise the pumping or squeezing action of the heart, but can make it less compliant and slower to fill up with blood. The thickening usually occurs in the ventricular septum which is the area of the heart that separates the right side from the left side of the heart and may interfere with the normal functioning of the heart by:
- narrowing the outflow of blood from the left ventricle
- reducing the ability of the heart to relax and fill with blood during the relaxation phase
- reducing the ability of the valves of the heart to function properly
The University of Michigan HCM Program is specialized in the care of patients and families with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. From the latest imaging techniques to sophisticated genetic profiling, our team offers world class care with an emphasis on compassion and communication.
At the University of Michigan, we are proud of our team based approach. Our HCM program offers interaction with a genetic counselor, specialty nurse, cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. All are focused on giving you the best possible information to help clarify your diagnosis and maximize the treatment options available for you and your family.
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