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Loma Linda University Health opened the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Clinic at the International Heart Institute, dedicated to the comprehensive care and treatment of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This new clinic, led by cardiologist Diane Tran, MD, aims to provide state-of-the-art treatment and support for patients with this complex cardiac condition.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic disorder characterized by the thickening of the heart muscle, which can lead to severe symptoms and complications such as heart failure and sudden cardiac death. The new HCM Clinic offers multidisciplinary care, leveraging advanced diagnostics and cutting-edge therapies to improve patient outcomes. The clinic's comprehensive services include genetic testing and counseling, advanced imaging techniques, and the latest medical treatments.

Tran emphasizes the importance of a dedicated clinic for managing this condition. "Our goal is to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy," she said. "With the collaboration of our echocardiography lab, genetic counselors, and electrophysiology specialists, we can offer tailored care plans that address each patient's unique needs."

Types of patients treated at HCM Clinic

Patient A

Patient A went to HCM Clinic experiencing significant difficulties related to a complex history of cardiac issues. After several years of dealing with the physical and emotional toll of their condition, they had become increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in their treatment elsewhere. Through innovative diagnostic techniques and personalized care plans offered, Patient A received a novel treatment regimen that not only stabilized their condition but markedly improved their quality of life.

Patient B

Patient B sought care at the HCM Clinic following multiple unsuccessful attempts to manage their chronic heart failure. Their condition had led to frequent hospitalizations and a significant decline in their overall well-being. At the clinic, a thorough evaluation revealed underlying issues previously overlooked. The multidisciplinary team, including cardiologists, nutritionists, and physical therapists, worked together to create a holistic treatment plan. This plan incorporated advanced medical therapies, dietary adjustments, and a structured exercise program. Patient B's health improved dramatically, reducing the need for hospital visits and enhancing their ability to enjoy daily activities.

Patient C

Patient C was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of myocarditis, which had rapidly progressed despite standard treatments. When they arrived, their prognosis appeared grim. However, the hospital's cutting-edge research and access to experimental therapies offered a glimmer of hope. Patient C enrolled in a clinical trial for a new immunotherapy treatment designed to target the specific type of inflammation affecting their heart. The dedicated team closely monitored their progress, making adjustments as needed to optimize the treatment's effectiveness. Patient C responded well to the therapy, showing significant improvement and defying initial expectations.

Tran says these types of patients will receive more specialized care at a high-volume center like Loma Linda University Health, where experts and the latest technology are available to provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatments.

"Our mission is to combine advanced medical technology with compassionate care to provide our patients with the best possible outcomes," Tran said. "Our goal is not just to treat heart conditions but to improve our patients' overall quality of life, offering them hope and healing in their journey toward better health."

Learn more about the HCM clinic and meet the multidisciplinary team here.