Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle that can make it harder for the heart to pump blood. It can cause severe shortness of breath, chest pain, fainting spells and cardiac arrhythmias.
If you’ve been diagnosed with HCM, your treatment options will depend on your symptoms, age, overall health and other factors. They may include lifestyle changes, medicines, surgery, implanted devices to correct arrhythmias or a nonsurgical procedure called Alcohol Septal Ablation (ASA).
ASA is often the best choice for elderly patients and other people with advanced medical conditions who wouldn’t be good candidates for heart surgery. The procedure involves injecting ethanol (a type of alcohol) into the small artery that supplies blood to the thickened area of the heart muscle. The alcohol kills cells, causing the thickened tissue to shrink to a more normal size. As a result, blood flows normally again from the heart, and symptoms are relieved almost immediately.
Our team of cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiology physicians, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons provides exceptional care using the latest innovative breakthroughs in medicine.
Your cardiologist will answer all of your questions about ASA and the results you can expect. We’ll provide all the support you need throughout the entire process and help you get back on the road to recovery as soon as possible.