Skip to main content

Volume 18 Supplement 1

19th Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions

Lower-than-normal myocardial stress and excess hypertrophy from CMR are associated with worsening ventricular contractile performance in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy


Peak systolic myocardial stress was proposed as a stimulus for both adaptive and maladaptive left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). We aimed to map segmental myocardial stress and hypertrophy patterns in HCM and correlate them with indices of segmental contractile function.


Cine cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) (Philips Ingenia, 3T) were performed in 19 HCM and 9 normal healthy subjects, from which 3D LV geometric models (each partitioned into 16 segments: 6 basal, 6 mid, 4 distal; apex excluded) were reconstructed. For each segment, the following were determined: (1) wall thickness (h); (2) curvature radius (r), automatically using in-house customized computer algorithm; (3) regional ejection fraction (EF); (4) end-systolic myocardial stress (WS), 0.9 × SBP × r/[2 h × (1+h/2r)], wherein SBP is systolic blood pressure; (5) area strain (AS) (which integrates circumferential, radial, longitudinal deformation and torsion), ln(ASes/ASed), wherein ASed and ASes are end-diastolic and -systolic surface areas, respectively; and (6) stress-corrected AS (Sc-AS), expressed as ratio of AS and AS_predicted, the latter based on a regression equation derived from the normal subjects (AS_predicted = 0.445+3.329/WS). All segments in HCM patients were stratified into two groups: Group 1 with lower-than-normal myocardial stress (myocardial stress <7.6 kN/m2) and excess hypertrophy (end-diastolic wall thickness ≥15 mm); Group 2 comprising all other segments. All segments from healthy subjects were considered normal reference.


Table 1. 14% (43/304) of HCM segments had Group 1 features. Segment regional EF were preserved, but WS, AS and Sc-AS were all decreased in HCM (worse in Group 1 than 2) compared to normal segments.

Table 1 Segmental ventricular wall thickness, stress and function in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and normal subjects


Lower-than-normal myocardial stress and excess hypertrophy is associated with worse segmental ventricular contractile performance.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Zhong, L., Zhao, X., Teo, S.K. et al. Lower-than-normal myocardial stress and excess hypertrophy from CMR are associated with worsening ventricular contractile performance in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 18 (Suppl 1), P3 (2016).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI:


  • Ejection Fraction
  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Contractile Function
  • Normal Reference