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J Hum Hypertens. 1997 Sep;11(9):595-7.

Left ventricular hypertrophy, blood pressure and ACE genotype in untreated hypertension.

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Peart-Rose Clinic, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK.


It has been suggested that the deletion polymorphism of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) genotype may be important in the development of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). In order to test this hypothesis we investigated the interaction between blood pressure (BP), LVH and ACE genotype in 86 previously untreated hypertensive patients. Each underwent two-dimensional and Doppler echocardiography and ACE genotyping. There were no significant differences in BP, the parameters of left ventricular structure (including left ventricular mass index) or diastolic function between the three genotype groups. Additionally, there were no significant differences in the relationship between systolic BP and left ventricular mass index among the three genotype groups (II genotype, r = 0.46, P = 0.02; ID genotype, r = 0.42, P = 0.01; DD genotype, r = 0.34, P = 0.10; F = 0.38). In contrast to some previous studies, we have found in this group of previously untreated hypertensive subjects no evidence to suggest that the deletion polymorphism of the ACE genotype is important in the development of LVH.

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