Risk factors for left ventricular hypertrophy include the following:

  • High blood pressure, a blood pressure reading greater than 140/90 mm Hg increases your risk of left ventricular hypertrophy. In addition, a nighttime blood pressure reading greater than 120/80 mm Hg also increases your risk.
  • Obesity can cause high blood pressure and increase your body's demand for oxygen, factors that may lead to left ventricular hypertrophy.
  • Aortic stenosis, narrowing of the main valve through which blood leaves the heart, may increase the left ventricle's workload.
  • Certain genes. Certain genes are associated with an increased risk of left ventricular hypertrophy.
Jul. 18, 2012

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