Echocardiography in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The Role of Conventional and Emerging Technologies

Luis C. Afonso, Juan Bernal, Jeroen J. Bax, Theodore P. Abraham

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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a relatively common inherited cardiomyopathy that is occasionally challenging to differentiate from hypertensive heart disease and athlete hearts on the basis of morphologic or functional abnormalities alone. Echocardiography has traditionally played a preeminent role in the diagnosis, formulation of management strategies, and the prognostication of this complex disease. In this review, we briefly profile the utility and pitfalls of established echocardiographic modalities and discuss the evolving role of novel echocardiographic imaging modalities such as tissue Doppler, Doppler-based strain, 2-dimensional strain (speckle tracking imaging), and 3-dimensional imaging in the assessment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)787-800
Number of pages14
JournalJACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • strain imaging
  • tissue Doppler

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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