Monday, October 17, 2011

HCM- the disease which shall not be named

Q-What's the difference between Harry Potter's Super Villain and the heart condition I had fixed?
A- HCM is deadlier and more obscure
Voldemort was known far and wide and his name, spread fear throughout the wizarding world. Voldemort killed what, 200 wizards? Sudden cardiac arrest causes 325,000 deaths every year. Obviously not all of those deaths are due to HCM, but most are. Yet Voldemort is whispered about as "he who shall not be named" and HCM is never spoken of. On the news and in the media people say, "he collapsed with an unexpected heart problem," but they never use the words. It is my opinion, as an English major, that words have power. I challenge you, therefore to use the term Hypertrophic Cardiomyopothy once this month for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. The only way we can save lives is by raising awareness.

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