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- Received June 26, 1984
- Revision received October 8, 1984
- Accepted October 22, 1984
- Published online March 1, 1985.
- ↵*Address for reprints: Pravin M. Shah, MD, Cardiology (691/W111E), West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center, Wilshire and Sawtelle Boulevards, Los Angeles, California 90073.
In cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the pathophysiologic role of the systolic pressure gradient across the left ventricular outflow tract is the subject of continued controversy. A patient with this disorder is described whose symptoms and provokable intraventricular gradient disappeared after inferior myocardial infarction. Diastolic left ventricular pressures were essentially unchanged, the isovolumic relaxation period became prolonged and the ejection fraction decreased from 0.77 to 0.61 after infarction. The peak ejection rate was unchanged, but the disappearance of systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve leaflet and obstructive manifestations may have resulted from enlarged mid to late systolic ventricular volumes. This case suggests a direct relation between symptoms and intraventricular pressure gradient in certain patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
- Received June 26, 1984.
- Revision received October 8, 1984.
- Accepted October 22, 1984.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation