The Only Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association Center of Excellence in NJ
Our practice is located within the Chanin T. Mast Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at 111 Madison Avenue in Morristown – one of the largest Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association Centers of Excellence on the East Coast, treating more than 500 patients a year.
International Experts Who Treat HCM
Our experts are world-renown thought leaders for treating HCM. What’s more, Drs. Maron and Martinez were two of the authors for the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association HCM guidelines.
What Exactly is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a complex, yet relatively common, genetic heart disease that occurs in approximately 1 in 500 individuals. It affects both genders and all races. The disease results in excessive thickening of the heart muscle and is referred to as “hypertrophy." This occurs mostly in the septum, which is the muscular wall that separates the left and right lower chambers of the heart.
In the majority of patients, this thickening begins during puberty, with little to no change in the thickness beyond early adulthood. However, symptoms from HCM can develop or worsen at any age, but most commonly occur during mid-life. Many patients live into advanced age having never experienced a symptom or complication.
Symptoms of HCM Can Be:
- Breathlessness or chest pain with exercise
- Swelling in the lower extremities
- Exercise intolerance
Important Guidelines for Returning to Sports and Activities
After the last few months it’s understandable we’re itching to restart our old fitness routines or get back to the sports activity we love. But there are some important guidelines to know before hitting the gym or the playing field.
During a Facebook Community Conversation, Matthew Martinez, MD, director of Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology at Morristown Medical Center, and Damion Martins, MD, medical director of Sports Medicine for Atlantic Health System, team physician for New York Jets and a leading voice in the reopening of sports activities, discuss the latest steps to begin organized sports across New Jersey for student athletes and some general fitness best practices for “weekend warriors” as they return to activity.
Helping to Develop Treatments for Tomorrow
For many patients, we are able to offer hope through testing of new drugs, new surgical techiques or other treatments before they are widely available. We conduct research in genetics, new diagnostic tests and treatments.