Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM)
Our Baird Institute affiliate researcher, Dr Passage, in collaboration with Fred Mohr’s group in the internationally recognized Leipzig Heart Centre (Germany), recently published on a new surgical approach to repair the Mitral valve in patients suffering from an enlarged heart muscle (particularly the left ventricle). The journal paper features a video, demonstrating the innovative surgical approach that improves patient outcomes after the surgery. Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2016: ‘Transmitral myectomy and how to deal with systolic anterior motion (SAM) in hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy’. These researchers are renowned for their work and a continued collaboration will contribute to an incredibly important learning relationship.
Other work within the area of HOCM is looking at genetic factors contributing to valve and ventricular disease and the establishment of a Heart Muscle Tissue Bank with the Anatomy Department to further research and interventions into cardiomyopathy.