Left ventricular diastolic function in athletes and borderline hypertensives with mild cardiac hypertrophy

Cesare Cuspidi, Lorena Sampieri, Lea Boselli, Laura Angioni, Renato Bragato, Gastone Leonetti, Alberto Zanchetti

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the diastolic function in athletes and in young borderline hypertensives with mild left ventricular hypertrophy. Left ventricular filling was assessed by echo Doppler measurement of transmittal flow velocity in 18 soccer players (age 22 ± 4 years, left ventricular mass index, LVMI 136 ± 12 g/m2), in 15 borderline hypertensives (age 21 ±3 years, LVMI 137 ± 9 g/m2). and 20 normotensive subjects (age 22 ± 4 years, LVMI 93 ± 10 g/m2) as reference group. We found that left ventricular filling profile was similar in borderline hypertensives, in athletes and in normotensive subjects. These findings suggest that, at least in the early stage, mild cardiac hypertrophy secondary to borderline blood pressure elevation is characterized by indexes of diastolic function not different from those found in athletes with physiological hypertrophy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-281
Number of pages4
JournalCardiology
Volume78
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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Keywords

  • Echo doppler
  • Juvenile borderline hypertension
  • Pathological and physiological hypertrophy
  • Physical exercise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Cuspidi, C., Sampieri, L., Boselli, L., Angioni, L., Bragato, R., Leonetti, G., & Zanchetti, A. (1991). Left ventricular diastolic function in athletes and borderline hypertensives with mild cardiac hypertrophy. Cardiology, 78(3), 278-281. https://doi.org/10.1159/000174794