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Thickening of the heart

Hi I had cardio perfusion test and they said I have got thickening of heart , and they think it may be hereditary, now they are sending me for mri , also I have 70 percent blockage in an artery but on the other side of heart , can this be cured and what will mri do does anyone know please as I am worried , I have 4 children and 13 grandchildren x

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It must be a terribly worrying time for you. Getting that kind of news must have been a real shock. But it does sound as if the medics are trying to find out more before deciding exactly what can be done. I have been amazed at how much better I feel now, though it did take a long time, after having stents, to get the right balance of drugs. Be patient!

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Yes it is worrying I just need to know if it is hereditary, because of the family , because my dad had it and he had his first hear attack at 50 , x

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I was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy when I was 57. It's hereditary but they don't know who it's from either my mum or dad. My dad died from a stroke at 76 with no heart history and my mum last year at 83 of pancreatic cancer also with no heart conditions. I had some gene testing done at St Thomas hospital but they couldn't identify the gene. My 4 children have been tested and all appear clear of this. On top of this heart thickening I developed AF 5 years ago. It's been a roller coaster ride but the medication controls things to an extent. I was an athlete in my earlier life with no symptoms. I had an angiography and my arteries aren't too bad at all which is a blessing. Hope you get it sorted it really is scary but something that you have to come to turns with and live your best life.

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