Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Clinic Services

​RHC Rapid Access for Referring Providers: 1.866.UWHEART (894.3278)


Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common inherited heart disorder, affecting 1 in 500 individuals. In 2009, in an effort to improve the clinical care of patients with HCM, UW Regional Heart Center established a dedicated, multi-disciplinary HCM clinic that includes cardiovascular specialists and surgeons; radiologists; medical geneticists and counselors. This consolidation of patient care fosters clinical expertise, optimizes the care experience for patients, and encourages clinical and translational research.  

Our mission is to provide comprehensive, high-quality care for HCM patients and their families, through adherence to the joint American College of Cardiology Foundation / American Heart Association guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of HCM.  

The HCM Clinic provides:
  • Consultation by a team of clinicians with expertise in diagnosing and managing HCM and other, related genetic cardiomyopathies.
  • Evaluation by a team of medical geneticists and genetic counselors knowledgeable about inherited heart disorders, with full spectrum genetic testing services available for both confirmation of diagnosis and assistance with family screening.
  • Interventional cardiologists and surgeons with extensive experience performing procedures on HCM patients, including alcohol septal ablation and surgical myectomy. 
  • An electrophysiology team with expertise in implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) to prevent sudden cardiac arrest, and in performing ablations for atrial and ventricular heart rhythm disturbances.
  • Echocardiographic examinations tailored for HCM patients, including supine bicycle and upright treadmill exercise testing.
  • Advanced imaging techniques including cardiac MRI using Gadolinium contrast to detect regions of fibrosis.
  • Coumadin management via the pharmacologist-supervised UW Anticoagulation Clinic 
  • For patients with symptoms, referral to our Heart Transplant Clinic to evaluate for possible heart transplantation.
  • Close collaboration with the high-risk obstetrical clinic to ensure optimal maternal and fetal outcome for women with HCM, as well as advice about contraceptive options and the potential risks of childbearing. 
  • Close relationship with Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide smooth transition of care from pediatric to adult cardiology care 
  • Ongoing research studies that aim to improve the diagnosis and treatment of HCM.

Contact Information

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Providers

 

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Referrals

Please contact the HCM Program Coordinators at 206.598.0190, Fax: 206.598.7451. 

Physician Liaison

If you have any other questions or need further information, you may also contact the Regional Heart Center Physician Liaison at uwheart@uw.edu or 206.598.3473.