Personally and professionally, Lisa Salberg is all too familiar with the genetic link and screenings for HOCM, a dangerous thickening of the heart muscle.
If 1 in 500 Americans have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, why isn’t it more talked about? The HCMA hopes to change that by upending common misconceptions.
For over 30 years, a number of treatments and lifestyle changes have helped Vanessa manage her HOCM. Even through complications, she’s remained steadfast.
As a young athlete, Paul worried if his heart would give out. His cousin had died while jogging, and he had the same gene that can block blood flow.
Early diagnosis is key for treating HOCM. Family medical history, highlighting heart-related conditions, and genetic testing can help pinpoint a mutation.
With more research, doctors hope to have a better understanding of all the causes of HOCM, and ultimately, more targeted therapies.