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.

 

One thought 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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