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  • Genetic testing

    Genetic tests may help determine the inherited causes of several cardiac disorders, because up to 70 percent of high risk families have an identifiable mutation. Your doctor may recommend echocardiography on a regular basis if you had a family member with sudden cardiac death, heart disease before age 50, a history of fainting or Long Q-T Syndrome. Once the gene is identified, we can test family members and monitor the carriers.

  • Septal ablation

    During this procedure, a small portion of the thickened heart muscle is destroyed by injecting alcohol through a long, thin tube (catheter) into the artery supplying blood to that area to improve your symptoms.

  • Septal myectomy

    In this open-heart procedure for hypertrophic myocardopathy, the surgeon removes part of the thickened, overgrown muscle between the ventricles to improve blood flow and reduce mitral valve regurgitation. 

  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)

    Your doctor may recommend an ICD if you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and you're at high risk of sudden cardiac death because of abnormal heart rhythms. This small device implanted in your chest continuously monitors your heartbeat. It's implanted in your chest like a pacemaker. If a life-threatening rhythm occurs, the ICD delivers precisely calibrated electrical shocks to restore a normal heart rhythm. 

  • Heart transplant

    Dilated cardiomyopathy is a leading cause for heart transplantation.


  • Genetic testing

    Genetic tests may help determine the genetic causes of many inherited cardiac diseases. Your doctor may recommend echocardiography on a regular basis for family members with an identified variant.

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram

    In this test, a device (transducer) is pressed firmly against your skin and aims an ultrasound beam through your chest to your heart, producing moving images of the working of the heart.

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

    Wires (electrodes) attached to adhesive pads on your skin measure electrical impulses from your heart. An ECG can detect enlarged chambers of your heart and abnormal heart rhythms.

  • Treadmill stress test

    Your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored while you walk on a treadmill so your doctor may evaluate symptoms, determine your exercise capacity, and determine if exercise provokes abnormal heart rhythms. Treadmill stress tests are sometimes performed with echocardiography.

  • Holter monitor

    You may wear a portable ECG that records your heart's activity continuously over one to two days. This test is often done in people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam

    A cardiac MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create images of your heart, and is often used in addition to echocardiography to evaluate you for a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.