Prognostic Significance of Left Ventricular Mass Change During Treatment of Hypertension

University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association (Impact Factor: 35.29). 12/2004; 292(19):2350-6. DOI: 10.1001/jama.292.19.2350
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Increased baseline left ventricular (LV) mass predicts cardiovascular (CV) complications of hypertension, but the relation between lower LV mass and outcome during treatment for hypertension is uncertain.
To determine whether reduction of LV mass during antihypertensive treatment modifies risk of major CV events independent of blood pressure change.
Prospective cohort substudy of the Losartan Intervention For Endpoint Reduction in Hypertension (LIFE) randomized clinical trial, conducted from 1995 to 2001. A total of 941 prospectively identified patients aged 55 to 80 years with essential hypertension and electrocardiographic LV hypertrophy had LV mass measured by echocardiography at enrollment in the LIFE trial and thereafter were followed up annually for a mean (SD) of 4.8 (1.0) years for CV events.
Composite end point of CV death, fatal or nonfatal myocardial infarction, and fatal or nonfatal stroke.
The composite end point occurred in 104 patients (11%). The multivariable Cox regression model showed a strong association between lower in-treatment LV mass index and reduced rate of the composite CV end point (hazard ratio [HR], 0.78 per 1-SD (25.3) decrease in LV mass index; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.65-0.94; P = .009) over and above that predicted by reduction in blood pressure. There were parallel associations between lower in-treatment LV mass index and lower CV mortality (HR, 0.62; 95% CI, 0.47-0.82; P = .001), stroke (HR, 0.76; 95% CI, 0.60-0.96; P = .02), myocardial infarction (HR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.62-1.17, P = .33), and all-cause mortality (HR, 0.72; 95% CI, 0.59-0.88, P = .002), independent of systolic blood pressure and assigned treatment. Results were confirmed in analyses adjusting for additional CV risk factors, electrocardiographic changes, or when only considering events after the first year of study treatment.
In patients with essential hypertension and baseline electrocardiographic LV hypertrophy, lower LV mass during antihypertensive treatment is associated with lower rates of clinical end points, additional to effects of blood pressure lowering and treatment modality.

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    • "Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an adaptive response by the human heart to pressure and volume overload associated with hypertension, obesity and diabetes. It is one of the most potent risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including ischemic heart disease, chronic heart failure and CVD morbidity [1], [2]. Reversal of LVH has been shown to reduce the rate of cardiac events and stroke, independent of blood pressure levels [3]. "
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    • "LV mass was calculated by using the end-diastolic LV dimensions with an anatomically validated formula [17], [18]. LV hypertrophy was determined by calculating the LV mass index for men (≥116 g/m2) and women (≥104 g/m2) by dividing LV mass by body surface area [19]. Aortic valve area index (AVAI) was calculated by determining the valve area using the continuity equation with the time velocity/time integral ratio [20] and then indexed for body surface area. "
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    • "Left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy is a recognized risk factor for cardiac morbidity and mortality [1] [2]. Prognostic studies have given rise to the hypothesis that regression of LV hypertrophy is the underlying determinant of longevity after aortic valve replacement (AVR) for aortic stenosis (AS) [3] [4] [5] [6]. "
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