Tag Archives: Cardiomyopathy
Joseph S. Alpert, MD

Misconceptions and Facts About Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (video)

There are many misconceptions about cardiomyopathy. For example, it is thought that people with cardiomyopathy are destined to die young. In this interview, Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Medicine, discusses a new review which outlines common misconceptions and facts about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Related Research Misconceptions and Facts About Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

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Initial echocardiographic images were obtained. (A) Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in a parasternal long axis view identified significant left ventricular hypertrophy and a thickened interventricular septum (1.65 cm). (B) This transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) view showed systolic anterior motion of the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve in the left ventricular outflow tract. (C) When enhanced with color Doppler imaging, the same TEE view as shown in B demonstrated turbulent aliased flow across the left ventricular outflow tract. (D) Apical 5-chamber TTE color Doppler imaging disclosed turbulent flow across the left ventricular outflow tract during systole.

Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice

A thorough evaluation suggested the patient’s initial diagnosis was not quite right; but it was not wrong, either. An 83-year-old woman with presumed aortic stenosis was referred to our medical center for aortic valve replacement. She first presented at another facility with a 3-month history of worsening shortness of breath, particularly on exertion. Whereas she […]

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