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Despite the progress made in risk stratification, sudden cardiac death and heart failure remain dreaded complications for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients. Myocardial ischaemia is widely acknowledged as a contributor to cardiovascular events, but the assessment of ischaemia is not yet included in HCM clinical guidelines. This review aims to evaluate the HCM-specific pro-ischaemic mechanisms and the potential prognostic value of imaging for myocardial ischaemia in HCM. A literature review was performed using PubMed to identify studies with non-invasive imaging of ischaemia (cardiovascular magnetic resonance, echocardiography, and nuclear imaging) in HCM, prioritising studies published after the last major review in 2009. Other studies, including invasive ischaemia assessment and post-mortem histology, were also considered for mechanistic or prognostic relevance. Pro-ischaemic mechanisms in HCM reviewed included the effects of sarcomeric mutations, microvascular remodelling, hypertrophy, extravascular compressive forces and left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. The relationship between ischaemia and fibrosis was re-appraised by considering segment-wise analyses in multimodal imaging studies. The prognostic significance of myocardial ischaemia in HCM was evaluated using longitudinal studies with composite endpoints, and reports of ischaemia-arrhythmia associations were further considered. The high prevalence of ischaemia in HCM is explained by several micro- and macrostructural pathological features, alongside mutation-associated energetic impairment. Ischaemia on imaging identifies a subgroup of HCM patients at higher risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Ischaemic HCM phenotypes are a high-risk subgroup associated with more advanced left ventricular remodelling, but further studies are required to evaluate the independent prognostic value of non-invasive imaging for ischaemia.

Original publication




Journal article


International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging


Springer Verlag

Publication Date



1 - 18


Arrhythmic risk, Fibrosis, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Ischaemia, Perfusion CMR, Sudden cardiac death