Ashley Fisher ❤️‍🩹 Ashley Fisher🫀

First post: Jan 28, 2022 Latest post: Jul 6, 2022
Hi! This CaringBridge site aims to keep family and friends updated in one place about my heart transplant. The site is also for anyone interested in my experience living with HCM* and my path from end-stage heart failure to the miracle of having a life-saving heart transplant. I appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement!!

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For more details about how I have lived with HCM, find your way to the "Journal" tab above. To find resources and support for those with HCM, please visit the HCMA (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association) website:

Your words of support are truly a gift. If you wish to help in other ways, please visit the "Ways to Help" tab above.

Thank you for visiting, and may God bless you with good health. 

xo, Ashley

*Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most prevalent inherited heart disease, with unexplained left ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of muscle wall of left ventricle) present in 1 out of 200 to 1 out of 500 people, depending on the population. The age-adjusted mortality is estimated to be 3-fold higher than that of the general population. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 Jun, 75 (24) 3044–3047 (tel:(24) 3044–3047)

**Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM, or HOCM when obstructive) is a genetic condition in which the walls of the heart become thickened without an obvious cause. The parts of the heart most commonly affected are the walls of the septum (the muscle wall between the left and right venticles) and the ventricles, though in most cases the left ventricle. This results in the heart being less able to pump blood effectively and also may cause electrical conduction problems that result in arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. 

People with HCM may be asymptomatic, or may have fatigue, leg swelling, and shortness of breath. HCM may also result in chest pain or fainting. Symptoms may be worse when the person is dehydrated. Complications may include an irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death.

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