Journal of Okayama Medical Association
Published by Okayama Medical Association

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Kobiki, Naoki
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In order to investigate the relationship of different morbid states of the hypertrophied myocardium to the appearance of ventricular premature contraction (VPC), we compared the VPC findings from Holter ECG with those of UCG and stress thallium-201 myocardial SPECT scintigraphy (stress scinti) in 31 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and 20 with essential hypertension (HT). The HCM patients consisted of 21 with asymmetric hypertrophy (ASH), 3 with symmetric hypertrophy (SH), and 7 with apical hypertrophy (APH). We recognized positive findings on the stress scinti such as fixed perfusion defect (FD) or reversible perfusion defect (RD) in 11 patients (ASH 10, APH 1) out of 31 patients with HCM (35%). Positive findings were observed in only one patient out of 20 with HT (5%). We recognized a high grade VPC (grade 4a and 4b of Lown's criteria) in 8 of 11 scinti positive patients with HCM (ASH 7, APH 1) (73%), while high grade VPC appeared in 5 (all of them are ASH) out of 20 scinti negative patients with HCM (25%). Therefore, these findings suggest that high grade VPCs in HCM occur in relation to a myocardial perfusion defect.