**This discussion group is for individuals looking to participate in a general discussion about myectomy surgery, making the decision to have a myectomy or about life before and after a myectomy.
Meet online discussion group leader, Paul Perlman. Paul is a retired lawyer from Orchard Park, NY. He was diagnosed with HCM in 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic, and received an ICD later that year. His symptoms became more pronounced over the next three years and he had a myectomy in 2016.
Since Paul retired in 2017, he has taught at a local college, and served on his college’s Foundation Board. For 25 years before he was diagnosed, he was a general aviation pilot.
Being an online support group leader is important to Paul because one of the greatest sources of anxiety to people living with HCM is fear of the unknown. He believes that anxiety can be reduced by sharing our questions and experiences.
Meet online discussion group leader, Greg LeValley. Greg is a retired Police Sergeant and he served in the United States Marine Corps. Greg was diagnosed with HOCM following a stroke in 2018. He has a subcutaneous ICD, had an atrial ablation for AFib and most recently a septal myectomy, Cox MAZE procedure and atrial appendage clip. Greg enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, golfing, fishing and being outdoors enjoying life to the fullest. He is extremely excited to be an online discussion group leader so he may help educate and support others with HCM and ease their minds going forward.