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November 17, 2004

Left Ventricular HypertrophyThe Next Treatable, Silent Killer?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Cardiology, St John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit, Mich (Dr Gardin), and Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio (Dr Lauer). Dr Lauer is also Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2004;292(19):2396-2398. doi:10.1001/jama.292.19.2396

An increase in the mass of left ventricular muscle is intimately associated with most chronic diseases of the heart.16 Classically, left ventricular hypertrophy, which represents an extreme increase in left ventricular mass, has been thought to represent a reaction to pressure or volume overload.7,8 In the short run, increases in left ventricular mass may be beneficial by allowing the heart to compensate for increased wall stress and potential hemodynamic compromise; in the long run, left ventricular hypertrophy is harmful.8

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