Questioning the prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy considered as reference in the study by its authors

Eduardo Maffini da Rosa Daniel Perin Nunes Robeta Casanova Wilhelms About the authors

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  • Questioning the prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy considered as reference in the study by its authors
    Eduardo Maffini da Rosa; Daniel Perin Nunes; Robeta Casanova Wilhelms
  • Universidade de Caxias do Sul - UCS, Caxias do Sul, RS - Brazil

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    Keywords: Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular.

    Dear editor,

    Regarding the article "Accuracy of Chest Radiography and Electrocardiogram in Diagnosis of Hypertrophy in Hypertension"1, we would like to make some considerations: 1- initially, it is worth emphasizing the progressive reduction in the occurrence of concentric left ventricular hypertrophy (increased septal and/or posterior wall thickness) in the state of Rio Grande do Sul as compared with the percentages reported in the foreign literature in studies using echocardiography2,3. That fact or phenomenon can be attributed to either the better treatment of arterial hypertension or the bias: patients without ventricular hypertrophy live longer, being, thus, more prevalent; 2- in that study, which was the prevalence of concentric left ventricular hypertrophy, and how was the study sample selected?

    References

    • 1. Ribeiro SM, Morceli J, Gonçalves RS, Franco RJ, Habermann F, Meira DA, et al. Acurácia da radiografia de tórax associada a eletrocardiograma no diagnóstico de hipertrofia em hipertensos. Arq Bras Cardiol. 2012;99(3):825-33.
    • 2. Bombig MTN, Póvoa R. Cardiopatia hipertensiva: aspectos epidemiológicos, prevalência e fator de risco cardiovascular. Rev Bras Hipertens. 2008;15(2):75-80.
    • 3. Holthausen RS, Gus M, Fuchs FD. Hipertrofia ventricular esquerda e hipertensão: aspectos epidemiológicos. Hipertensão. 2002;5(3):100-2.

    Questioning the prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy considered as reference in the study by its authors Eduardo Maffini da Rosa; Daniel Perin Nunes; Robeta Casanova Wilhelms

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    • Publication in this collection
      06 May 2013
    • Date of issue
      Apr 2013
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