Mavacamten: a first-in-class myosin inhibitor for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Eur Heart J. 2023 Nov 21;44(44):4622-4633. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehad637.


Mavacamten is a first-in-class, targeted, cardiac-specific myosin inhibitor approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of adults with symptomatic New York Heart Association Classes II and III obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (oHCM). Mavacamten was developed to target the hyper-contractile phenotype, which plays a critical role in the pathophysiology of the disease. In Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, mavacamten was well tolerated, reduced left ventricular outflow tract gradients, improved exercise capacity and symptoms, and was associated with improvements in other clinically relevant parameters, such as patient-reported outcomes and circulating biomarkers. In addition, treatment with mavacamten was associated with evidence of favourable cardiac remodelling in multi-modality imaging studies. Mavacamten substantially reduced guideline eligibility for septal reduction therapy candidates with oHCM and drug-refractory symptoms. In this article, the available efficacy and safety data from completed and ongoing clinical studies of mavacamten in patients with symptomatic oHCM are reviewed. Longer term extension studies may help address questions related to the positioning of mavacamten in current oHCM management algorithms, interactions with background therapy, as well as the potential for disease modification beyond symptomatic relief of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction.

Keywords: Ejection fraction; Myectomy; Myosin; Pressure gradient.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Benzylamines / adverse effects
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic* / diagnosis
  • Heart
  • Humans
  • United States
  • Uracil / adverse effects


  • Benzylamines
  • MYK-461
  • Uracil