Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Improve HCM Symptoms

This article by Dr. Stephen Heitner of Oregon Health & Science University covers some simple lifestyle changes that can help HCM patients feel much better. In particular, Dr. Heitner mentions:

  • Eating smaller meals and avoiding large carbohydrate rich meals.
  • Avoiding dehydration
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Avoiding exercise after eating
  • Engaging in moderate intensity exercise
  • Managing weight
  • Evaluating and treating sleep apnea and other sleep breathing disorders
  • Getting appropriate treatment for anxiety and depression

The above lifestyle changes, combined with appropriate medical treatment, will keep HCM patients feeling their best.

 

2 thoughts on “Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Improve HCM Symptoms

  1. I would add to this list: Managing your diabetes….even if it means taking insulin instead of oral meds…..Even if it means taking insulin before each meal. The episodes of severe fatigue that I have had with my HCM have been cut by more than 75% since I took the leap to daily and mealtime insulin for my Type 2 diabetes. There are also easy to use continuous glucose monitors you can wear so that you don’t have to stick your finger for blood sugars 4-8 times a day.

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