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Left ventricular hypertrophy in patients treated with regular hemodialyses

Author(s): Petrović Dejan | Stojimirović Biljana

Journal: Medicinski Pregled
ISSN 0025-8105

Volume: 61;
Issue: 7-8;
Start page: 369;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Hypertrophy | Left Ventricular | Renal Dialysis | Risk Factors | Quality of Life | Echocardiography

Left ventricular hypertrophy is the main risk factor for development of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients on hemodialysis. Left ventricular hypertrophy is found in 75% of the patients treated with hemodialysis. Risk factors for left ventricular hypertrophy in patients on hemodialysis include: blood flow through arterial-venous fistula, anemia, hypertension, increased extracellular fluid volume, oxidative stress, microinflammation, hyperhomocysteinemia, secondary hyperpara- thyroidism, and disturbed calcium and phosphate homeostasis. Left ventricular pressure overload leads to parallel placement of new sarcomeres and development of concentric hypertrophy of left ventricle. Left ventricular hypertrophy advances in two stages. In the stage of adaptation, left ventricular hypertrophy occurs as a response to increased tension stress of the left ventricular wall and its action is protective. When volume and pressure overload the left ventricle chronically and without control, adaptive hypertrophy becomes maladaptive hypertrophy of the left ventricle, where myocytes are lost, systolic function is deranged and heart insufficiency is developed. Left ventricular mass index-LVMi greater than 131 g/m2 in men and greater than 100 g/m2 in women, and relative wall thickness of the left ventricle above 0.45 indicate concentric hypertrophy of the left ventricle. Eccentric hypertrophy of the left ventricle is defined echocardiographically as LVMi above 131 g/m2 in men and greater than 100 g/m2 in women, with RWT ?0.45. Identification of patients with increased risk for development of left ventricular hypertrophy and application of appropriate therapy to attain target values of risk factors lead to regression of left ventricular hypertrophy, reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality rates and improved quality of life in patients treated with regular hemodialyses.

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