NYHA Class Categories

Doctors usually classify patients’ heart failure according to the severity of their symptoms. The table below describes the most commonly used classification system, the New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Classification1. It places patients in one of four categories based on how much they are limited during physical activity. In the HCM community, this NYHA…

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ACC: ORIGINAL INVESTIGATIONS Myosin Inhibition in Patients With Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Referred for Septal Reduction Therapy

BACKGROUND Septal reduction therapy (SRT), surgical myectomy, or alcohol ablation, is recommended for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (oHCM) patients with intractable symptoms despite maximal medical therapy but is associated with morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine whether the oral myosin inhibitor mavacamten enables patients to improve sufficiently to no longer meet guideline criteria…

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National Mental Health Month

In recognition of Mental Health Month, the HCMA is working to raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through older adulthood. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as…

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ICER Publishes Final Evidence Report and Policy Recommendations on Mavacamten for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

ICER has released its evidence report and recommendations. Here is a list of highlights: All stakeholders have a responsibility to facilitate meaningful patient access to multidisciplinary centers of excellence for HCM in ways that do not exacerbate disparities. The manufacturer of mavacamten should commit to sponsoring research that will address the lack of evidence on…

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