Introduction

The New Human Science and HCM Decisions

I am a runner. I have completed 23 marathons and more half-marathons, 10k, and 5k races than I can remember. So in 2010 when I went in for my annual physical and was told that I had the loudest heart murmur the examining physician had ever encountered, I thought she had a seriously faulty stethoscope. Nonetheless, I took her advice and went in for an EKG and discovered I did indeed have a seriously faulty heart. I had mitral value prolapse with flail (MVPWF)—essentially, one of my values was not closing and I needed surgery to have it repaired or replaced. So, being a research-oriented type of person who really wanted to keep running, I learned everything I could about MVPWF and starting looking ...

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