Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
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Septal Myectomy
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How Is It Treated?

There are various treatments for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HOCM. These include medications such as beta blockers and calcium channel blockers, which slow the heart rate and minimize the symptoms. For most patients, these medications are sufficient for a normal lifestyle. However, children are restricted from vigorous exercise.

For those patients with more serious symptoms or an intolerance for medication, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may be treated by slowing the heart rate with a pacemaker. Another option is the surgical reduction (septal myectomy) of the ventricular septum during open heart surgery (see animation at left).