Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

UVA is Virginia's only designated HCM Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. We offer cardiovascular screening, genetic testing and a range of treatment options to help you and your family manage congenital heart defects.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic disease that leads to abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, which makes it harder to pump blood and strains the heart.

The thickened muscle can get in the way of the blood leaving the heart and cause a blockage. HCM can also cause uneven muscle growth, which makes the heart pump in a disorganized way. These abnormal heart rhythms can be fatal.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic disease that leads to abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, which makes it harder to pump blood and strains the heart.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

UVA is Virginia's only designated HCM Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. We offer cardiovascular screening, genetic testing and a range of treatment options to help you and your family manage congenital heart defects.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic disease that leads to abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, which makes it harder to pump blood and strains the heart.

The thickened muscle can get in the way of the blood leaving the heart and cause a blockage. HCM can also cause uneven muscle growth, which makes the heart pump in a disorganized way. These abnormal heart rhythms can be fatal.

Life-Long Care for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

HCM Treatment Options

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Learn more about HCM from Dr. Kramer.

You may not need treatment if you're not experiencing symptoms, but your cardiologist might advise you to avoid strenuous exercise and sports. 

HCM symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting

You may be able to manage your symptoms with medication. We also provide the following treatment options for patients with HCM symptoms. 

ICD

You may need an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) if you're at increased risk for cardiac arrest.

Myectomy

Patients with significant thickening of the heart may need a type of heart surgery called a myectomy, which increases the heart's blood flow.

Heart Transplant

A small number of HCM patients have advanced heart failure and need a heart transplant.

HCM Research

  • UVA is leading a five-year international effort to find better ways to predict which patients are at greatest risk of heart failure and sudden death from HCM. We received $14.4 million from the National Institutes of Health for this study.

    If researchers can better predict who's at risk, they may be able to target treatments for those patients, says Christopher Kramer, MD, co-principal investigator of the project. Get more details about Kramer's research and the HCM registry.

Convenient Appointments

Traveling to UVA for Treatment

Since HCM often runs in families, we'll make every effort to coordinate appointments with parents, siblings and children.

If you're traveling from far away, we'll work with you to schedule your appointments at times that are convenient for you. Get information about lodging options.

Make an Appointment

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Cardiovascular Genetics

Does hypertrophic cardiomyopathy run in your family?

Our Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic will help you understand your risks.