Relationship between left ventricular mass and blood pressure in treated hypertension

L. H. Missault, M. L. De Buyzere, D. D. De Bacquer, D. D. Duprez, D. L. Clement

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This study evaluated prospectively whether there is still a relationship between left ventricular mass and blood pressure once hypertension is treated and determined the relative importance of daytime vs night-time blood pressure, systolic vs diastolic blood pressure and office vs ambulatory blood pressure. A total of 649 patients (305 or 47% female) with essential hypertension, treated with antihypertensive drugs for at least 3 months, underwent office blood pressure measurement and both daytime and night-time ambulatory blood pressure measurement, electrocardiography and echocardiography. Correlations were made between blood pressure values and parameters of left ventricular mass. Electrocardiographic voltage criteria and even more so echocardiographic parameters correlate significantly albeit weakly (r ≤ 0.28) with blood pressure in treated hypertension. Correlations are consistently higher when systolic blood pressure is considered. Overall, the best correlations are found between 24-h ambulatory systolic or night-time blood pressure and the Sokolow-Lyon voltage as well as the echocardiographic age and body mass index adjusted left ventricular mass. In conclusion, once hypertension is treated, the relationship between blood pressure and left ventricular mass is low. Nevertheless, in this the largest single centre study of its kind, echocardiographic parameters of left ventricular mass in treated hypertensive subjects correlate better with blood pressure than electrocardiographic parameters. Parameters of hypertrophy are more closely related to systolic blood pressure than to diastolic blood pressure. In accordance with the finding that dippers have a better prognosis than non-dippers, night-time blood pressure consistently correlates better with left ventricular mass than daytime blood pressure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Human Hypertension
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002


  • Ambulatory blood pressure
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography
  • Essential hypertension
  • Left ventricular hypertrophy

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