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A condition called left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is believed to affect more than 20% of people with high blood pressure in America (12 million). Two recent studies have concluded that reducing LVH with blood pressure drugs can decrease the risk of heart problems in those with already lowered blood pressure. Hypertension is the main risk factor for LVH and hypertensive patients should have their LVH tested regularly but the AMA claims that this regular testing is too costly and the high blood pressure should be the main concern. One study showed that a significant reduction in LVH reduced the risk of cardiovascular-related death and nonfatal heart attacks and strokes by up to 29%.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Pak Tribune
About: LVH may increase the risk of adverse events in hypertensive patients
Date: 3 January 2005
Source: Pak Tribune
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