Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center

Alcohol Septal Ablation

Septal Ablation

Cardiologists developed a less invasive method of reducing the outflow obstruction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In this procedure, a few drops of an alcohol-based solution are injected into a small branch of the main artery supplying the thickened heart muscle.

This causes part of the muscle to die (in effect, a small heart attack) and this in turn reduces the obstruction to blood flow.

This procedure is done entirely via a small incision at the top of the leg. Patients typically go home a few days later.

Not every patient will have an appropriate branch of their main artery which supplies only the thickened heart muscle and does not connect with other arteries.

Stanford Physicians

David Lee, MD

David Lee, MD

Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine

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