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Recovery & Support for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

NYU Langone specialists—including rehabilitation experts, cardiac device management doctors, social workers, integrative therapy experts, nurses, and psychologists—monitor your care after treatment for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

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Our rehabilitation experts at Rusk Rehabilitation teach you lifestyle habits, such as eating healthfully, that can help prevent HCM from worsening.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you’ve had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy surgery, Rusk Rehabilitation offers both inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services through the Joan and Joel Smilow Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center.

A rehabilitation doctor prescribes therapies to improve your mobility and endurance, prevent infection, and reduce the risk of bedsores during your recovery in the hospital.

Your doctor works with a team of specialists, including occupational and physical therapists, to provide outpatient services after you leave the hospital. This may include physical therapy to build strength and occupational therapy to help you perform everyday tasks.

Integrative Health Therapies

Rusk Rehabilitation’s specialists offer integrative therapies, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and yoga, to complement conventional treatment for HCM. These therapies can help you relax, which can help lower your heart rate.

Psychological Support

Living with a chronic health condition such as HCM can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. While most patients who have successful heart surgery adjust well after surgery, research shows that having major heart surgery can be associated with an increased risk of depression in some patients.

Your NYU Langone doctor can refer you to a psychiatrist who can help you cope with any mood changes you may experience. Rusk Rehabilitation also has cardiovascular support groups for people who have had open heart surgery, and our social workers and psychologists can provide additional support.

Our Research and Education in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

In addition to patient care, our doctors are also involved in scientific research and in providing education for medical professionals.