Nationally recognized in the treatment of HCM
The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Center at Tufts Medical Center provides is one of the leading treatment and research facilities for the disease in the Northeastern United States. We offer the full range of advanced diagnostic testing and treatment options at our program, the largest of its kind in the region and one of only four nation-wide to receive the highest rating from the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association.
You’ll receive care from true experts
At our program, you’ll be evaluated and treated by our program’s leaders, some of the top specialists in their fields:
Our cardiothoracic surgeons have some of the most extensive experience in performing surgical myectomy, the most common surgical procedure for HCM. Our interventional cardiologists were the first in the Boston area to perform alcohol septal ablation for relief of heart failure symptoms in patients with obstructive HCM.
What you can expect during your first appointment
Typically your first visit includes diagnostics tests, such as an echocardiogram, cardiac MRI and electrocardiogram. Next, you will have an extensive consultation with Dr. Martin Maron, Director of the HCM Center and, if needed, other specialists from our program. Our team will thoroughly review your medical history and discuss treatment options, which range from drug therapies to surgery, and we will provide an all-important assessment for risk of sudden death.
Additionally, we will talk with you about specific recommendations on physical activity and the potential need for other members of your family to be screened for HCM.
When it comes to treating HCM, we strive to minimize symptoms in everyday life. We also focus on assessing the risk of sudden cardiac death and implementing the best medical options for preventing it. Our entire team will take the time to help you understand the treatment options ahead and reach a comfortable understanding of all the issues involved with your disease.
Initial treatment can involve appropriate drug treatment and device therapies to optimally treat your symptoms. Additionally, the HCM Center comprises of a number of subspecialties with specific expertise in HCM therapy, including: interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and specialists in cardiac transplantation.
Working closely with you and your doctor
Communication is crucial in the long-term care of patients with HCM. We often see patients who live far away our institution. Questions and concerns about the disease and/or the management plan can arise between office visits.
We strive to develop relationships with our patients and maintain those relationships by responding promptly to patient concerns and questions as they arise, via phone and email. Our doctors also work with referring physicians to keep them updated and current on their patients’ status and management issues.
A major research center for continually improving care for HCM
While there is not yet a known cure for HCM, our first mission is to help you and your family live life to the fullest. At the same time, we are actively searching for new treatment options.
We are involved in multiple research projects helping to further define risk stratification of sudden death using MRI and determining new genetic profiles in a community based HCM population. Most importantly, we are exploring novel treatment options to decrease scarring in the heart, improve symptoms and prevent the consequences of this genetic disorder.
Several members of our team have contributed to the current understanding of HCM through their work on cardiac blood supply, the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) to prevent sudden death, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosis and prognosis, and the role and management of obstruction to blood flow.