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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Treating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) depends on the presence and severity of a patient's symptoms, how a patient's heart is functioning, if a patient is suffering from abnormal heart rhythms and a patient's age and activity level. Treatment ranges from medications to surgery or ablation. Treatment of abnormal heart rhythms may include surgically implanting a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator into the patient. In rare cases of severe heart failure, a heart transplant may be needed.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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FAQ: Electrophysiology Study and Catheter Ablation

Find commonly asked questions regarding Electrophysiology Study and Catheter Ablation including, how long the procedure is, when to return to work and more.

FAQ: Heart Transplant

There are a number of things you can do to keep your heart healthy and reduce your risk of heart disease such as eating right and staying active. Learn more.

FAQ: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

Many people have questions about implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) — how they work and why a doctor might offer one as part of treatment.

Diagnosing Heart Disease

Various tests are used to diagnose heart disease. These can include, laboratory tests, blood tests, Electrocardiogram, Echocardiogram, EKG and more.

Electrophysiology Procedure

An electrophysiology (EP) study is a test performed to assess the heart's electrical system or activity and is used to diagnose abnormal heartbeats. Learn more.

How the Heart Works

The heart is muscular and hollow, constantly pumping blood to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body and is comprised of four compartments. Learn more.

Preparing for an EP Study

Before electrophysiology (EP) study or catheter ablation procedure, please use this list to prepare and ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible.

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