The Only Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program in New Jersey
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.
Chanin T. Mast Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System Heart Care, has the only HCM center in New Jersey. The Chanin T. Mast Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, which provides nurturing, specialized, world-class care to patients for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of those with known or suspected of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Symptoms of HCM can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Inability to exercise
- Chest pressure or pain
We provide the following services:
- Convenient access to specialists and our world-renowned co-medical directors
- Individualized coordinated multidisciplinary evaluation, management and patient/family support
- Imaging and diagnostics as well as access to interventions including implantation of defibrillators and catheter-based interventions
- HCM screenings and community outreach to help protect young athletes from sudden cardiac death
Diagnostic Tests and Services
Our center provides convenient access to specialists and our world-renowned co-medical directors, as well as individualized coordinated multidisciplinary evaluation, management and patient/family support. We provide HCM screenings, community outreach, as well as imaging and diagnostics. In addition to a comprehensive physical exam, the following tests to confirm and manage your HCM:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Echocardiogram (Echo)
- Stress (exercise) echocardiogram
- Cardiac MRI
Treatment for Patients with HCM
To manage symptoms, and to prevent sudden cardiac death, there are several treatment options for HCM. Learn more >
Physician services are provided by Atlantic Medical Group >
If you have a family history of cardiomyopathy, aortic root enlargement or structural cardiac abnormalities, a genetic evaluation may be helpful.
As a working mom with two daughters—one of whom had health issues from an early age—Sara always puts her children and her husband, Raul, first. Unfortunately, that meant she ignored her own health concerns, which included shortness of breath, dizziness, heart palpitations and sometimes debilitating chest pains. But when her younger brother received a surprising diagnosis of a life-threatening heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), she realized she had it, too. Five years later, her HCM is under control, and she’s helping others realize that they can have the condition and still lead a normal life.