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Johns Hopkins Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center

Our center provides long-term care and treatment for patients with the genetic heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

 
  • Services

    We provide a variety of personalized services from diagnostic evaluations to HCM procedures for patients and their families.

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  • Our Team

    Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with HCM.

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  • Request an Appointment

    Find care for HCM at one of our convenient locations.

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Hypertrophy Cardiomyopathy (HCM): Why Choose Johns Hopkins?

Learn what makes our center unique in treating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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Multidisciplinary Team

We provide a multidisciplinary approach to treating HCM, allowing you to get treated by cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and genetic counselors in one visit.
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Family-Focused Care

Our team provides superior care for patients with HCM from before birth to adulthood. We provide genetic counseling and services, focusing on treating the entire family.
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Invasive Options for Improving Quality of Life

Our clinic is a leading pioneer in surgical and catheter based procedures for HCM. We provide innovative procedures to improve the quality of life for patients.
 

Services We Provide

  • Echocardiography / non-invasive hemodynamics
    An Echocardiogram is a non-invasive procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create images of your heart’s structure. 
    This test evaluates your heart’s overall function and hemodynamics (the study of blood flow). Our center evaluates the heart using several types of echocardiography:
    • Standard transthoracic echocardiography
    • Transesophageal echocardiography
    • Exercise echocardiography
    • Detailed hemodynamic assessment at rest and during provocation (Valsalva, Amyl Nitrite or exercise)
    • Tissue Doppler and strain echocardiography to evaluate regional and global myocardial mechanics
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    Magnetic resonance imaging uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of an organ’s structure. We perform MRI scans that target the heart which can assess the overall function of the heart even for patients with internal devices.  
    Our team also evaluates novel disease markers by magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MR Spectroscopy).
  • Electrophysiology/arrhythmia risk assessment

    We evaluate the risk for sudden cardiac death through clinical and non-invasive testing. One non-invasive test we perform is an electrophysiological study, where thin wire electrodes are inserted into a vein and into the heart, where the measure the heart’s electrical signals. Our specialists then determines the need for defibrillator implantation and performs implantation of defibrillators and pacemakers.

    The Johns Hopkins Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center also provides atrial fibrillation treatment which includes pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), a cardiac ablation procedure that creates scar tissue where all four pulmonary veins join. This procedure reduces the symptoms of atrial fibrillation by stopping abnormal electrical signals in the heart.

  • Heart Failure/transplantation
    Our clinic performs cardiopulmonary testing and has experts that monitor and treat heart failure. We evaluate pediatric and adult patients for heart transplantation and perform them when necessary.
  • Interventional cardiology
    Interventional cardiology treats heart diseases with catheter-based procedures. Our specialists perform diagnostic coronary angiography, where heart abnormalities are detected during an x-ray. 
    Percutaneous alcohol septal ablation for obstructive HCM is another non-surgical procedure that reduces symptoms and future complications for HCM by injecting alcohol through a catheter where the heart area is thick, minimizing the heart thickness and improving blood flow.
  • Cardiac surgery
    Our team performs a variety of procedures for patients including surgical myectomy for obstructive HCM and valve repair.
  • Genetic Assessment:
    Family-focused care is our core mission. We provide genetic counseling through The Johns Hopkins Center for Inherited Heart Disease, where family members at risk are identified and monitored by our team.
 

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Locations for Care

We provide services at several convenient locations in the Baltimore area.

 
 
 

Physician Referrals

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Call 410-387-3324 to refer a patient for genetic counseling or cardiac care.

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