University of Iowa Health Care receives prestigious Center of Excellence designation for program that treats Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

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University of Iowa is the only HCM Center of Excellence in the State of Iowa

University of Iowa Health Care has received the prestigious Center of Excellence designation by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA). The HCMA provides support, education, advocacy and advances research on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which involves a thickening of the muscles of the heart. HCM is a common genetic disease affecting 1 in 200 and can cause sudden cardiac arrest in athletes.

“We are thrilled to have achieved this designation and it speaks volumes about the comprehensive care options we offer patients with HCM,” says Ferhaan Ahmad, MD, PhD, Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Program and the HCM Program at the University of Iowa. “Early detection, treatment, and disease management are essential to help those with HCM live a long and healthy life.”

To achieve the Center of Excellence designation, University of Iowa’s HCM program was required to possess a highly experienced subspecialty team able to treat HCM and its many complex variations; provide the highest quality of care to a large volume of HCM patients; possess advanced imaging and related technologies; and displays a dedication to HCM research.  University of Iowa is one of 36 programs in the United States with this designation and is the only hospital in the state of Iowa to boast this distinction.

Learn more about University of Iowa’s HCM services and care or call 1-319-356-7102 to schedule an appointment with our care team.

The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association, HCMA, was founded in 1996 as an international resource for patients, families and the medical community on matters of importance to the HCM community. HCM is a genetic heart muscle disorder affecting 1 in 300 people worldwide. The HCMA provides service to enhance understanding, provide support, foster research, ensure high quality health care and support public policies of importance to the community. The HCMA is a 501c(3) with offices in Denville, New Jersey and online at for more information contact us at 1-973-983-7429.