AbstractObjectives: To assess the prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) inpatients with newly diagnosed peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Methods: Consecutive patients referred for the first time for assessment of PAD with a history of intermittent claudication and ankle brachial pressure of index of ≤0.9 were recruited. All subjects underwent a full echocardiogram, office blood pressure and 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.
Results: Out of 350 subjects screened, left ventricular mass measurements were available on 227 (65%). The prevalence of LVH indexed to body surface area was 50%. In a multiple regression model the factors independently related to LVH were age, sex and history of diabetes. There was no relation between presence of LVH and 24 hour blood pressure.
Conclusion: LVH is prevalent in patients with PAD and is not associated with 24 hour blood pressure.
|Date of Award
|Chief Scientist Office
|Allan Struthers (Supervisor)