Volume Parameters of the Heart During Long-Term Verapamil Treatment in Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

  • M. Kaltenbach
  • R. Hopf
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Volume changes during verapamil treatment are of particular interest because verapamil (v) has negative inotropic properties and therefore may lead to an enlargement in ventricular volumes. A diminished intraventricular gradient and even a clinical improvement could be the consequence of a cardiac dilation finally converting hypertrophic into congestive cardiomyopathy. Therefore three types of volume measurements were performed before and during long-term verapamil treatment in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy:
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    Heart volume from tele chest X-rays in supine position

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    Left ventricular volumes from cineangiograms

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    Left atrial diameter from M-mode echograms



Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Ventricular Volume Verapamil Treatment Atrial Diameter Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy 
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  • R. Hopf

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