Left ventricular hypertrophy - Definition

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Definition


Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) can be revealed by an increase in volume of the left ventricular. Patients suffering from this heart defect show an abnormal electrocardiogram.

Causes


The different causes of LVH include old age, intensive practice of one or more sports, obesity, long-term hypertension. LVH increases the risks of sudden death six-fold.

Treatment


Treatment with blood-pressure-rising medication can sustainably regress LVH.