Share your Story: Laura Gildengorin

            When people think about a chronic heart condition like Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) the first thing that comes to mind is not competitive weight lifting. Laura Gildengorin is a 30 year old attorney from California who participates in high level competitive weight lifting in her free time. Although HCM has not stopped her from lifting it definitely has influenced her decisions regarding how she manages her health.
Her experience with HCM has also been influenced by her family members who also have the disease. Laura’s two brothers and mother have all been diagnosed with HCM. This exposure allowed her to be familiar with the disease prior to being diagnosed. In June 2017, at age 29, Laura was diagnosed with HCM and two months later she already had and subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD). Laura and her other family members all have ICDs as primary preventative measure. Along with her S-ICD she also had a LINQ monitor implanted to monitor her heart. Together with her medical team they decided that a S-ICD was the best option for Laura due to her lifestyle. Laura received treatment at the HCMA recognized Center of Excellence at Stanford. Overall her HCM has had some social effects but Laura believes, “This doesn’t have to change who you are, you are still the same person.”