Just as HCM is a variable condition, HCM Centers are also highly variable in services and experience level. Some programs have decades of experience, strong surgical programs, extensive publications in scientific literature, and teams of sub-specialists specifically dedicated to HCM and extensive outreach programs. Other programs may be newer, refer out for surgery, refer to sub-specialists who are not part of the HCM team, have limited scientific publications, and limited community outreach.
Generally speaking, a Center of Excellence, is a team of people that promotes collaboration and uses best practices around a specific focus area to create positive outcomes for patients. Many hospitals and clinics have Centers of Excellence for numerous disease states such as Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer's, etc. CoEs also exist for treating patients with HCM. Please click on the Finding Care Circle below to locate an HCMA recognized Center of Excellence.