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.
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Treatments we specialize in
The minimally invasive technique has become the treatment of choice for arrhythmia patients who do not respond well to medication.Learn more
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
A small implanted device helps regulate the heart rate in patients who experience very fast heart rhythms.Learn more
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