Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Podcasts


Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of genetic heart disease and can affect people of any age, yet it often goes undiagnosed. Learning more about HCM will ensure you’re better able to discuss its impact with your patients. Listen and learn from HCM experts and hear from HCM patients in this new podcast series.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Diagnosis and Clinical Implications of Structural Phenotypes

Michelle M. Kittleson

Presenters: Dr. Robert Fraser, Dr. Michelle Kittleson, Dr. Michael Burke, Kathryn Redmond

Summary: There are different types of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Most people with HCM have a form of the disease in which the wall that separates the two bottom chambers of the heart becomes enlarged and restricts blood flow out of the heart (obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). Sometimes HCM occurs without significant blocking of blood flow (nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). However, the heart's main pumping chamber is still thickened and may become increasingly stiff, reducing the amount of blood taken in and then pumped out to the body with each heartbeat. Learn more about the differences between obstructive and nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy so you are better able to discuss its impact with your patients.

Invasive Strategies: Percutaneous and Surgical

Carey Kimmelstiel, M.D.

Presenters: Dr. Miguel Leal, Dr. Carey Kimmelstiel, Dr. Hartzell Schaff, Adam Elliott

Summary: Surgical and interventional options such as surgical myectomy or alcohol septal ablation may help those with obstructive HCM to reduce or remove the obstruction. Patient Adam Elliot talks with Drs. Leal, Kimmelstiel, and Schaff as they clarify the state of the art available therapies, techniques, and explain which patients are more likely to benefit from them throughout their journey.

The Spectrum of Symptoms in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Martin S. Maron, MD

Presenters: Vlad G. Zaha, MD, Martin S. Maron, MD, Albree Tower-Rader, MD, Shawn Lewis

Summary: People with HCM can experience fatigue, fainting, shortness of breath, chest pain or heart palpitations. The severity of symptoms can vary from person to person. HCM can be a progressive disease that can get worse over time and result in symptoms that leave patients feeling worse and able to do fewer of the activities they love. This reduced functionality can be one of the most challenging aspects of the disease. Drs. Zaha, Maron, and Tower-Rader join patient Shawn Lewis in exploring the spectrum of symptoms and the complexities of accurate diagnosis in HCM.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: How to Bridge Patient Reflections and Specialists' Recommendations

Presenters: Dr. Zaha, Dr. Cresci, Dr. Abraham and patient representative Gwen Mayes

Summary: How to Bridge Patients’ Reflections and a Specialist Recommendations podcast is a discussion on differential diagnosis of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) compared to other diseases.

Defibrillator (ICD) Therapy: Selecting the Appropriate Patient

Anjali Owens MD

Presenters: Dr. Leal, Dr. Gopinathannair, Dr. Owens, and Kristen Criss (Patient Representative)

Summary: Defibrillator (ICD) Therapy: Selecting the Appropriate Patient podcast presented by Dr. Miguel Leal, Dr. Rakesh Gopinathannair, and Dr. Anjali Owens along with Kristen Criss focuses on the appropriate selection of patients for ICD therapy, including assessment of risk factors and a comprehensive discussion of risks and benefits of ICD therapy in this specific patient population.

The Office Visit: Tracking Symptoms, Function, Quality of Life

Miguel Leal, MD, FACC, FHRS

Presenters: Dr. Fraser, Dr. Leal, Adam Elliott

Summary: The Office Visit: Tracking Symptoms, Function, Quality of Life podcast presented by Dr. Robert Fraser, Dr. Miguel Leal, Adam Elliott discusses hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in many of its complex aspects that essentially are part of the day-to-day care of any cardiologist and patient who deal with this condition.

HCM: Recognition, Diagnosis, and Differentiation from other Types of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy (Phenocopies)

Presenters: Dr. Vlad Zaha and Dr. Ferhaan Ahmad

Summary: Join Dr. Vlad Zaha and Dr. Ferhaan Ahmad as they discusses how healthcare providers make a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and how they distinguish it from other disorders that can look like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A 7 Point Introduction

Presenters: Dr. Robert Fraser, Dr. Miguel Leal, and Dr. Ferhaan Ahmad

Summary: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A 7 Point Introduction is an introductory discussion on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Our presenters, Dr. Robert Fraser, Dr. Miguel Leal, and Dr. Ferhaan Ahmad, discuss the epidemiology of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, its history, its genetics, how to diagnose it, and the symptoms patients experience with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

American Heart Association's Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Initiative is sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb.