Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic disease that causes a thickening, or hypertrophy, of the heart muscle, limiting the heart’s ability to function properly. HCM can cause heart valve problems, chest pain, dizziness and shortness of breath, and is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in people under age 30.

Specialized, multidisciplinary care is needed to expertly diagnose the condition, assess risks and develop effective treatment approaches.

Our physicians have a level of experience and training in HCM not commonly found in Wisconsin. In fact, our HCM Program is one of just a few in the state. Combine that with the latest technology and treatment options available only at an academic medical center, and HCM patients have a powerful resource for optimal care.

Expert HCM Care, Including Septal Myectomy

Since hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a multifaceted genetic and cardiac condition, it is best treated by physicians and staff specially trained to manage it properly and highly experienced in doing so. This is especially true for people diagnosed with HCM who may be contemplating pregnancy, scheduling non-cardiac surgery or facing other health events that need careful cardiac management.

Consider these advantages available when choosing HCM care at Froedtert Hospital:

  • Care is provided by board-certified cardiologists with extensive specialized training (fellowship and post-fellowship) in the treatment of HCM and adult congenital heart conditions. Find an HCM specialist.
  • These physicians are backed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists in valve disease, electrical problems in the heart (electrophysiology), genetic counseling, lung disease (pulmonology), interventional cardiology and heart and vascular surgery.
  • Because this is a genetic disease, the team collaborates with Children’s Wisconsin and pediatric cardiologists for screenings and evaluations of young family members.
  • Our approach to treatment is cutting-edge, based on proven and evidence-based protocols, focused on reducing risk and alleviating symptoms.
  • These treatments include septal myectomy, a very intricate open heart surgery not offered everywhere and that requires experienced surgeons such as those at Froedtert Hospital.
  • We offer the latest technology for comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options.
  • Research, both onsite and through collaborative opportunities with national genetics and cardiovascular centers, offers patients access to best practice approaches as soon as available.

Virtual Visits Are Available

Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We'll assess your condition and develop a treatment plan right away. To schedule a virtual visit, call 414-777-7700.

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