Features January 2008 Issue

“Thick” Heart: Another Reason to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), commonly known as “thick” heart, is a risk factor for conditions that can lead to sudden death or stroke.

It’s common knowledge that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. But there’s another reason to lower your blood pressure if it’s elevated. Hypertension is a major cause of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), an enlargement or thickening of the left pumping chamber of the heart, that is an important risk factor for arrhythmia, including sudden death, and atrial fibrillation, which is associated with stroke.

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