Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common genetic heart disease affecting 1 in 500 individuals. The disease sometimes runs in families and is the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in kids. If your child has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), it means that the heart's ability to pump blood effectively has been reduced, and he will need comprehensive care and monitoring as he grows. 

The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program at Sibley Heart Center Cardiology diagnoses and manages more than 300 patients from before birth to age 21 who either currently have HCM or a family history of the condition. As part of the program, your child will have access to comprehensive care from our team of HCM experts including:

  • Cardiologists specializing in HCM and stress echocardiography
  • Cardiologist specializing in cardiac MRIs
  • Cardiac genetic counselors who evaluate your family history 
  • Nurses and sonographers who perform echocardiograms 

Our program will provide an individualized treatment plan for your child. We provide comprehensive services including: 

  • Echocardiogram
  • EKG
  • Exercise test
  • Holter monitor
  • Lab work
  • Medical and family history
  • MRI
  • Physical examination

If a genetic case is identified, our team provides genetic screening to determine if other family members are at risk for developing the disease. And, if adult family members are determined to be at risk, or are diagnosed, our team coordinates their care with the Emory Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic, which is focused on providing high quality care for adult HCM patients.

Other conditions we treat

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM): A common form of cardiomyopathy in children where the heart becomes enlarged and does not contract or squeezes poorly. 
  • Left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC): A condition where the heart muscle appears course and marked with finger-like projections called trabeculations that may lead to poor heart function. 
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM):  A form of cardiomyopathy that occurs when blood gets backed up in the upper chambers of the heart, or atria, and they become enlarged. 
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD): A condition where the fat tissue takes over the heart muscle and leads to abnormal heart rhythms.