Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy causes abnormally thickened walls of the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber, which can interfere with the flow of blood out of your heart. If you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, your quality of life may be diminished by shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat. NewYork-Presbyterian offers you customized treatment for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy to relieve your symptoms and help you start living the life you want to live, at every stage of the disease.
A Team of Specialists
Our hypertrophic cardiomyopathy team includes cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, heart surgeons, imaging specialists, genetic counselors, nurses, and others committed to relieving your symptoms. You can receive all of the care you need for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and any other health problems you may have in one world-renowned academic medical center. Our hospital is one of only a few in the United States with a specialty center for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Comprehensive Medical Imaging
We use a variety of heart imaging technologies, such as echocardiography, 3D echocardiography, and MRI, to refine your diagnosis, assess the extent of your hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and plan your treatment.
Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatments
We offer the full range of therapies for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, including medication, lifestyle changes (exercise and nutrition), surgery (myectomy), pacemakers, and other implantable devices. NewYork-Presbyterian offers an innovative nonsurgical technique called "alcohol septal ablation" which enables us to treat some patients as an alternative to surgery. This relatively new treatment actually reduces the obstruction and improves blood flow out of your heart. We also offer heart transplantation to people who progress to end-stage hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Advancing the Field through Innovation
Our physicians and scientists are not just helping people control their hypertrophic cardiomyopathy symptoms and live with this condition now. They’re also seeking to improve the futures of people with this disease by conducting research to:
- See what new approaches might improve patients' quality of life
- Help understand how the disease develops in children and in the elderly
- Identify new genes for cardiomyopathy in infants
- Explore the higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease in older individuals with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Use stem cells to study how this disease develops