• Angina

    Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a disease in which the muscle of the lower left chamber of the heart (the left ventricle) becomes abnormally thick and enlarged. This thickening typically affects some parts of the ventricle walls more than others (doctors call this “asymmetric thickening”).

  • Heart and Vascular Disease

    Broken Heart Syndrome: Extreme Stress and the Heart

    The body’s stress response is a normal reaction that usually carries us through crises or difficult times. However, for some people, the response to extreme stress can actually harm our heart health. Medical professionals are becoming increasingly aware of a condition called broken heart syndrome, or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, which is often brought on by emotional or physical trauma, and tends to mimic a heart attack. Essentially, researchers have found that our hearts really can “break” when we are grieving or experiencing stressful life events.

    High Blood Pressure & Your Health: Managing the Silent Killer

    High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a dangerous condition that affects approximately 30 percent of Americans, causing up to 60,000 deaths per year. High blood pressure is often called “the silent killer” because it typically has no symptoms until after it has done significant damage to the heart and arteries. In fact, almost 20 percent of Americans who have high blood pressure don’t know they have it and, therefore, don’t know that they are at risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, and eye disease.
  • Kevin Ulrich – The Right Care Leads to the Right Treatment

    The genetic heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, had made normal daily activities like walking up a flight of stairs difficult for Kevin. Then he collapsed at work and learned he was suffering severe heart failure caused by the HCM. He worked with his doctor to carefully evaluate the treatment options and underwent a procedure called alcohol septal ablation. Now Kevin is back to coaching his kids football and lacrosse teams, walking the fields where they play with ease. Read his story.