UT Southwestern Medical Center has become the first hospital in North Texas to get certified as a Center of Excellence in treating Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The condition can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, abnormal heart rhythms, or sudden cardiac death, and is the most common genetic heart condition.
Only about 30 centers nationwide have been certified as Centers of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. UT San Antonio is the only other HCM Center of Excellence in the state.
HCM leads to a thickening of the heart muscle and is usually, but not always, inherited from family members who had the condition. It afflicts more than one million people in the U.S.