ABSTRACT: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a primary disease of cardiac muscle characterized by a thickening of the left ventricular wall and often predominantly affecting the interventricular septum. This paper presents a case study of a 53-year-old female with a dynamic and obstructive form of HCM. The study includes a case presentation, clinical findings, investigations, and management. Patient findings were obtained before and after alcohol septal ablation, a novel interventional therapy. The article reviews the various forms of HCM and describes the currently available treatment modalities for obstructive HCM. Further research will be necessary to determine the comparative efficacy between past, present, and future therapies.
Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing 01/2004; 19(4):133-40.