ehealth digital library

Digital library of
the Tanzania

Assessment of Left Ventricular Geometrical Patterns and Function among Hypertensive Patients at a Tertiary Hospital, Northern Tanzania.

Silangei, L. K., Maro, V. P., Diefenthal, H., Kapanda, G., Dewhurst, M., Mwandolela, H. and Hamel, B. (2012) Assessment of Left Ventricular Geometrical Patterns and Function among Hypertensive Patients at a Tertiary Hospital, Northern Tanzania. BMC cardiovascular disorders, 12. p. 109. ISSN 1471-2261

Lairumbe_Korduni_Silangei.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

Download (154kB)


With hypertension, the cardiovascular system changes to adapt to the varying neuro-humoral and hemodynamic changes and this may lead to the development of different left ventricular geometric patterns, each carrying a different risk profile for major adverse cardiovascular events. Using a consecutive sampling technique, a cross-sectional, prospective, hospital based study was done and two hundred and twenty seven (227) hypertensive patients were studied. The distribution of different abnormal LV geometrical patterns was 19.8%, 28.2%, 22% for concentric remodelling, concentric hypertrophy and eccentric hypertrophy respectively. With echocardiographic criteria, the proportion of patients with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) was higher when left ventricular mass (LVM) was indexed to height(2.7) than to body surface area (70.0% vs. 52.9%). Duration of hypertension markedly influenced the type of LV geometry with normal LV geometry predominating in early hypertension and abnormal geometrical patterns predominating in late hypertension. The left ventricular fractional shortening decreased with duration of hypertension and was common in patients with eccentric hypertrophy. Age of the patient, systolic blood pressure, duration of hypertension and body mass index were found to be independent predictors left ventricular hypertrophy. About 70% of hypertensive patients had abnormal geometry existing in different patterns. Eccentric hypertrophy had more of clinical and echocardiographic features suggestive of reduced left ventricular systolic function. Hypertensive patients should be recognized as a heterogeneous population and therefore stratifying them into their respective LV geometrical patterns is useful as way of assessing their risk profile as well as instituting appropriate management.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Echocardiography, Essential hypertension, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Left ventricular geometry, Left ventricular mass index, Left ventricular function
Subjects: Non-communicable disease (NCD) > Cardiovascular Disease
Divisions: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2014 06:30
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2014 06:30

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics