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There might be limitations in identifying concentric left ventricular (LV) geometry by ratio of diastolic posterior wall thickness (WT(p)) to cavity radius, defined as relative wall thickness (RWT(p)). This study has been designed to evaluate age effects on RWT(p). WT(p), mean of septal thickness and WT(p) (WT(m)), and cavity radius were cross-sectionally(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM We analyzed the effect of the mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist canrenone on LV mechanics in patients with or without metabolic syndrome (MetS) and compensated (Class II NYHA) heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (EF≤45%) on optimal therapy (including ACE-i or ARB, and β-blockers). METHODS AND RESULTS From a randomized,(More)
OBJECTIVES It is unclear whether there are sex differences in the relations of left ventricular mass to body composition and fat distribution in nonobese or obese hypertensive and nonhypertensive individuals and whether the obesity-related increase in left ventricular mass is similar in men and women. METHODS We examined sex differences in the relations(More)
BACKGROUND The force needed to fill the left ventricle (LV) in late diastole (left atrial systolic force [LASF]) is abnormal in diseased hearts. The goal of this study was to determine whether LASF adds to prognostic prediction of other markers of preclinical cardiovascular disease in a population with a high prevalence of hypertension and diabetes. (More)
Increased left ventricular (LV) mass in children with chronic renal insufficiency (CRI) might be adaptive to sustain myocardial performance in the presence of increased loading conditions. It was hypothesized that in children with CRI, LV systolic function is impaired despite increased LV mass (LVM). Standard echocardiograms were obtained in 130 predialysis(More)
BACKGROUND We hypothesized that abnormalities in regional systolic strain (epsilon) might be present among hypertensive subjects with normal ejection fraction, and, if present, could be used to identify patients at high risk for heart failure. The aim of the current case-control study was to use speckle tracking imaging to identify subclinical global and(More)
The metabolic syndrome (MS) is linked to cardiovascular risk. Recently, the Adult Treatment Panel (ATP) III provided new criteria for the definition of the MS. We analyzed the impact of the MS on cardiac structure and function and the independent association of the 5 different components of the ATP III-defined MS with cardiac markers of preclinical disease.(More)
OBJECTIVE This study analyzed which definition of the metabolic syndrome is more predictive of cardiovascular events in both diabetic and nondiabetic members of a population-based sample. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A 10-year, longitudinal follow-up of the Strong Heart Study cohort has been evaluated. The analysis included 3,945 participants (2,384(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal here was to examine left ventricular (LV) geometry and function in a large, unselected group of adolescents with different degrees of abnormal body build, and verify whether possibly higher LV mass is compensatory for increased cardiac workload. BACKGROUND There is little information on how much the excess of body weight impacts LV(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and abnormal systolic function are present in a high proportion of children with CKD. This study evaluated changes in left ventricular (LV) geometry and systolic function in children with mild to moderate CKD as an ancillary project of the Effect of Strict Blood Pressure Control and ACE Inhibition(More)