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A Journal on Heart and Vascular Diseases

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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2011 December;59(6):581-9

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Management of left ventricular outflow obstruction due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Role of multimodality echocardiographic techniques

Luckie M. 1, Khattar R. S. 2

1 Specialist Registrar in Cardiology, Manchester Heart Center, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK;
2 Consultant Cardiologist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Manchester Heart Center, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK


Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a diverse condition, encompassing a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations. Left ventricular outflow obstruction occurs in a proportion of patients, and is amenable to a variety of management strategies. Echocardiography plays a crucial role in the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and in the assessment of left ventricular outflow obstruction, as well the selection of appropriate therapy. In particular echocardiography is crucial in the selection, intraoperative monitoring and follow-up of patients suitable for alcohol septal ablation therapy. This article outlines the role of echocardiography in the assessment and management of left ventricular outflow obstruction in these patients.

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