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Left ventricular hypertrophy and abdominal aorta size in essential hypertension.
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PMID:  21430555     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM: To investigate the association between subclinical organ damage and abdominal aortic diameter in a large cohort of uncomplicated essential hypertensive patients. METHODS: Subclinical markers of organ damage (i.e. left ventricular mass, carotid intima-media thickness and plaques, microalbuminuria and retinal changes) and abdominal aortic diameter (ultrasonography) were assessed in 2430 (mean age 53 ± 13 years) untreated and treated hypertensive patients included in the Evaluation of Target Organ Damage in Hypertension (ETODH) study. RESULTS: In the whole study population, left ventricular mass index was the most important correlate (β = 0.418, P < 0.0001) of the absolute abdominal aortic diameter and, after age, (β = 0.268, P < 0.0001) of abdominal aortic diameter indexed to body surface area (abdominal aorta index, AAI). In a sex-based analysis, a stepwise increase in left ventricular mass index as well as in prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), carotid intima-media thickness and plaques occurred from the lower to the upper quartile of AAI in men, but not in women. No correlations were found between AAI and microalbuminuria or retinal changes. CONCLUSION: Our findings support a sex-specific relation between abdominal aorta size and subclinical organ damage by showing that LVH in hypertensive men is an independent correlate for enlarged abdominal aorta. On the basis of these data, diagnostic protocols for detecting subclinical alterations in the abdominal aorta should be optimized.
Cesare Cuspidi; Stefano Meani; Francesca Negri; Carla Sala; Giuseppe Mancia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hypertension     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1473-5598     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8306882     Medline TA:  J Hypertens     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
aDepartment of Clinical Medicine and Prevention, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy bIstituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy cDivisione di Cardiologia, Ospedale di Rho, Rho, Italy dThoraco-Pulmonary and Cardiocirculatory Department, University of Milano, Fondazione Policlinico di Milano, Italy eCentro Interuniversitario di Fisiologia Clinica e Ipertensione, University of Milano, Milan, Italy.
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