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What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common hereditary medical condition that afflicts one in 500 Americans. HCM results in the walls of the heart becoming excessively thick and it may obstruct blood flow from leaving the heart. Symptoms often overlap other medical ailments and treating it can be complex. It is a genetic disease and more than one family member may be affected.

Dr. Maron has my heart. I cannot thank him enough. I can breathe, I can walk – and unfortunately I can do laundry too!

Deborah M., HCM Patient

Chanin T. Mast Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

The founding principle of our program at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System Heart Care, is to provide nurturing, personalized care to patients with known or suspected HCM. Our comprehensive multidisciplinary HCM program is the first of its kind in New Jersey. We provide world-class HCM care to patients throughout the state and region.

We provide the following services:

  • Convenient access to HCM care
  • Individualized coordinated multidisciplinary evaluation, management and patient/family support
  • Imaging and diagnostics as well as access to interventions including implantation of defibrillators, surgery and catheter-based interventions
  • HCM screenings and community outreach to help protect young athletes from sudden cardiac death

Learn more about our center and how it was named by the generous donation by the Adam R. and Chanin T. Mast Foundation >

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Genetic Testing

If you have a family history of cardiomyopathy, aortic root enlargement or structural cardiac abnormalities, a genetic evaluation may be helpful.