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Am J Cardiol. 2011 Jan 15;107(2):321-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2010.09.019. Epub 2010 Dec 2.

Natural history of concentric left ventricular geometry in community-dwelling older adults without heart failure during seven years of follow-up.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.


Presence of concentric left ventricular (LV) geometry has important pathophysiologic and prognostic implications. However, little is known about its natural history in older adults. Of the 5,795 community-dwelling adults ≥65 years of age in the Cardiovascular Health Study, 1,871 without baseline heart failure had data on baseline and 7-year echocardiograms. Of these 343 (18%) had baseline concentric LV geometry (concentric remodeling 83%, concentric LV hypertrophy [LVH] 17%) and are the focus of the present study. LV geometry at year 7 was categorized into 4 groups based on LVH (LV mass indexed for height >51 g/m²·⁷) and relative wall thickness (RWT): eccentric hypertrophy (RWT ≤0.42 with LVH), concentric hypertrophy (RWT >0.42 with LVH), concentric remodeling (RWT >0.42 without LVH), and normal (RWT ≤0.42 without LVH). At year 7, LV geometry normalized in 57%, remained unchanged in 35%, and transitioned to eccentric hypertrophy in 7% of participants. Incident eccentric hypertrophy occurred in 4% and 25% of those with baseline concentric remodeling and concentric hypertrophy, respectively, and was associated with increased LV end-diastolic volume and decreased LV ejection fraction at year 7. Previous myocardial infarction and baseline above-median LV mass (>39 g/m²·⁷) and RWT (>0.46) had significant unadjusted associations with incident eccentric LVH; however, only LV mass >39 g/m²·⁷ (odds ratio 17.52, 95% confidence interval 3.91 to 78.47, p <0.001) and previous myocardial infarction (odds ratio 4.73, 95% confidence interval 1.16 to 19.32, p = 0.031) had significant independent associations. In conclusion, in community-dwelling older adults with concentric LV geometry, transition to eccentric hypertrophy was uncommon but structurally maladaptive.

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