Deadly Heart Condition Yields to Screening and Prompt Treatment


James Cooper has had to give up the vigorous athletic conditioning that once filled his life, but his enthusiasm for life and his future is undiminished. 

Thank God we found out. I thought of all the families who have no idea, and sudden death is how the realized their son or daughter had this condition.

-Paulette Cooper, mother of patient at Stanford's Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center

"I felt we were in a a really good place," said Paulette Cooper, James' mother, of Stanford Hospital's HCM clinic. 

Each week, Euan Ashley, MD, sees several new patients coming in for treatment of HCM. 

From the moment we first met Dr. Ashley at Stanford, I felt we were sitting in a room with a doctor who really cared - a really gentle person, a really caring person.

-Paulette Cooper, mother of a patient at Stanford's Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center

James stays busy with school, work and sings in a church choir with his fiancee, Breanna. 

I've been living with it for a while now. It's not something I dwell on. I'm in a good place now. It's not something I fear.

-James Cooper, patient at Stanford Hospital Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center