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Alcohol Septal Ablation

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A Minimally Invasive Way of Treating Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

For years, patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy that didn’t respond to oral medications were treated with open-heart surgery.  With alcohol septal ablation, available through The Heart Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) as part of comprehensive care for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, there’s now a less invasive option.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common genetic condition that causes cells in the heart muscle to enlarge and the ventricle walls to thicken.  The thickening can result in a number of problems for patients due to both electrical and mechanical dysfunction.

Who’s at Risk?

People of all ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds can develop hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  In fact, the condition affects approximately one in 500 Americans — up to 1.5 million people.

HCM is usually inherited, and it’s caused by a mutation in a gene for one of several proteins in the heart muscle cells.

The severity of the condition varies from person to person.  Some people who have HCM experience few or no symptoms.  For others, the symptoms are life-threatening and limit their quality of life.

Surveying the Treatment Options

When HCM is suspected, patients typically undergo cardiovascular screenings such as electrocardiogram (EKG) or echocardiogram (ECHO).  Once a diagnosis is made, medications are typically the first-line treatment.

Because of the complex and invasive nature of open-heart surgery, though, myomectomy isn’t an option for some patients.  Previously for older patients or those with other health problems, treatment options for these patients has been limited.

Since the procedure is minimally invasive, overall recovery time for the procedure is also shorter than that of a myomectomy.

To request an appointment with a cardiologist at The Heart Center of NGMC, call (770) 534-2020 or visit heartngmc.org/appointment.

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