Echocardiography in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy diagnosis, prognosis, and role in management

L. K. Williams, M. P. Frenneaux, R. P. Steeds

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Abstract

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is diagnosed on the basis of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy for which there is insufficient explanation (e.g. mild hypertension or mild aortic stenosis with marked hypertrophy). Echocardiography is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with HCM. Echocardiographic assessment requires a comprehensive assessment in several imaging planes with careful attention to correct beam alignment in order to minimize errors in the measurement of LV wall thickness and appropriate identification of hypertrophy with an unusual distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Echocardiography
Volume10
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

Keywords

  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • echocardiography
  • left-ventricular hypertrophy
  • left atrial pressure
  • filling pressures
  • cardiac-catheterization
  • doppler-echocardiography
  • diastolic function
  • heart-disease
  • differentiation
  • prevalence
  • abnormalities

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