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Concept: Cardiomegaly


-Left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (LVH, high LV mass) is traditionally classified as concentric or eccentric based on LV relative wall thickness. We evaluated the prediction of subsequent adverse events in a new 4-group LVH classification based on LV dilatation (high LV end-diastolic volume [EDV] index) and concentricity (LVM/EDV((2/3))) in hypertensive patients.

Concepts: Hypertension, Cardiology, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Geometry, Ventricular hypertrophy, Aortic insufficiency, Cardiomegaly


Growth differentiation factor 11 and/or its homologue growth differentiation factor 8 (GDF11/8) reverses age-related cardiac hypertrophy and vascular ageing in mice. We investigated whether GDF11/8 associates with cardiovascular outcomes, left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), or age in humans.

Concepts: Blood, Cardiology, Heart, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Circulatory system, Ventricular hypertrophy, Mitral valve, Cardiomegaly


Impaired left atrial (LA) function is an early marker of cardiac dysfunction and predictor of adverse cardiac events. Herein, we assess LA structure and function in hypertrophy in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) sarcomere mutation carriers with and without left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH).

Concepts: Blood, Cardiology, Cardiomyopathy, Heart, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Ventricular hypertrophy, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Cardiomegaly


Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an independent predictor of new-onset atrial fibrillation. Whether LVH can predict the recurrence of arrhythmia after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) remains unclear.

Concepts: Cardiology, Heart, Atrial fibrillation, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Cardiac electrophysiology, Ventricular hypertrophy, Atrial flutter, Cardiomegaly


Regression of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is feasible with more frequent hemodialysis (HD). We aimed to ascertain pathways associated with regression of left ventricular mass (LVM) in patients enrolled in the Frequent HD Network (FHN) trials.

Concepts: Cardiology, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Ventricular hypertrophy, Cardiomegaly


New-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) is the most common perioperative complication of heart surgery, typically occurring in the perioperative period. NOAF commonly occurs in patients who are elderly, or have left atrial enlargement, or left ventricular hypertrophy. Various factors have been identified as being involved in the development of NOAF, and numerous approaches have been proposed for its prevention and treatment. Risk factors include diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. For prevention of NOAF, β-blockers and amiodarone are particularly effective and are recommended by guidelines. NOAF can be treated by rhythm/rate control, and antithrombotic therapy. Treatment is required in patients with decreased cardiac function, a heart rate exceeding 130 beats/min, or persistent NOAF lasting for ≥ 48 h. It is anticipated that anticoagulant therapies, as well as hemodynamic management, will also play a major role in the management of NOAF. When using warfarin as an anticoagulant, its dose should be adjusted based on PT-INR. PT-INR should be controlled between 2.0 and 3.0 in patients aged < 70 years and between 1.6 and 2.6 in those aged ≥ 70 years. Rate control combined with antithrombotic therapies for NOAF is expected to contribute to further advances in treatment and improvement of survival.

Concepts: Blood, Cardiology, Heart, Stroke, Atrial fibrillation, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Warfarin, Cardiomegaly


Hypertensive patients show an excessive elevation of SBP during exercise, although optimal blood pressure (BP) control is required to prevent development of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). This study examined whether excessive SBP elevation during moderate exercise is associated with new-onset LVH in these patients.

Concepts: Blood, Hypertension, Cardiology, Blood pressure, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Exercise, Ventricular hypertrophy, Cardiomegaly


Electrocardiographic measures of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) are used as predictors of cardiovascular risk. We combined linkage and association analyses to discover novel rare genetic variants involved in three such measures and two principal components derived from them.

Concepts: Gene, Cardiology, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Ventricular hypertrophy, Analysis, Exercise physiology, Cardiomegaly


The conventional use of high-sensitivity troponins (hs-troponins) is for diagnosing myocardial infarction however they also have a role in chronic disease management. This pilot study assessed the relationship of hs-troponins with echocardiographic markers of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and structural heart disease (SHD). Patients undergoing computer gomography (CT) coronary angiogram for low-intermediate risk chest pain and healthy volunteers were recruited. Hs-troponins Singulex I, Abbott I and Roche T and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) were evaluated in relation to SHD parameters including left ventricular hypertrophy (LVHEcho) and left atrial enlargement (LAEEcho) on echocardiography. 78 subjects who underwent echocardiography were included in this study. C-statistics (95% confidence interval) of the four biomarkers for predicting LVHEchowere 0.84 (0.72-0.92), 0.84 (0.73-0.92), 0.75 (0.63-0.85) and 0.62 (0.49-0.74); for LAEEcho0.74 (0.6-0.85), 0.78 (0.66-0.88), 0.55 (0.42-0.67) and 0.68 (0.62-0.85); and composite SHD 0.79 (0.66-0.88), 0.87 (0.75-0.94), 0.62 (0.49-0.73) and 0.74 (0.62-0.84) respectively. Optimal cut points for SHD were >1.2 ng/L, >1.6 ng/L, >8 ng/L and >18 pmol/L respectively. These results advocate the potential role of hs-troponins as screening tools for structural heart disease with theranostic implications.

Concepts: Myocardial infarction, Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, Cardiology, Heart, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Chronic, Cardiomegaly


Long-term endurance sport practice leads to eccentric left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). We aimed to compare the new 4-tiered classification (4TC) for LVH with the established 2-tiered classification (2TC) in a cohort of normotensive non-elite endurance athletes.

Concepts: Comparison, Cardiology, Heart, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Ventricular hypertrophy, Comparisons, Cardiomegaly