Alcohol Septal Ablation

Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) is an inherited condition in which one part of the heart enlarges. The resulting asymmetry of the heart blocks outflows, so people with the condition are unable to get adequate blood to the rest of their bodies. In the past, the only treatments were with medication; or with medication and surgery, in which the surgeon would cut off the enlarged part of the heart that was blocking outflows.

UNC is one of the very few hospitals to deal with HOCM with alcohol septal ablation. In this procedure, alcohol is injected into one of the blood vessels that supplies blood to the thickened area. The ablation blocks blood flow to the area, causing it to die and shrink so that the previously blocked blood outflow can return to normal.

Generally, this least-invasive (percutaneous) procedure is done at UNC for patients who either aren’t surgical candidates because of age or other complicating conditions, or for patients who don’t wish to have surgery.

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Call the Heart & Vascular Center referral line at 866-862-4327 to find specialists, make an appointment or learn more about preventing heart disease.

Open Access is a new physician referral service, created by the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care, which coordinates all admissions and transfers through a single phone call and guarantees immediate acceptance for patients. Please contact us to learn more or call 866-862-4327.

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