Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Diagnosis and Clinical Implications of Structural Phenotypes


Presenters: Dr. Robert Fraser, Dr. Michelle Kittleson, Dr. Michael Burke, Kathryn Redmond

Summary: There are different types of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Most people with HCM have a form of the disease in which the wall that separates the two bottom chambers of the heart becomes enlarged and restricts blood flow out of the heart (obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). Sometimes HCM occurs without significant blocking of blood flow (nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). However, the heart's main pumping chamber is still thickened and may become increasingly stiff, reducing the amount of blood taken in and then pumped out to the body with each heartbeat. Learn more about the differences between obstructive and nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy so you are better able to discuss its impact with your patients.

Robert J. Fraser, MD
Chief Cardiologist Fellow
Minneapolis Heart Institute®
Abbot Northwestern Hospital & Hennepin County Medical Center

Michelle M. Kittleson

Michelle M. Kittleson, MD, PhD
Director, Heart Failure Research
Director, Post-Graduate Education in Heart Failure and Transplantation
Professor of Medicine
Smidt Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai

Michael A. Burke

Michael A. Burke, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Emory University School of Medicine

Kathryn Redmond

Kathryn Redmond
Patient Representative