Influence of Hypertension on the Heart

  • R. C. Tarazi
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 16)


Hypertension is one of the commonest causes of left ventricular hypertrophy and of congestive heart failure, at least amongst the adult population in westernized nations [1,2]. This strong association between elevated arterial pressure and heart disease has commonly been explained as a simple sequence of cardiac overload leading to myocardial hypertrophy and eventual failure. However, the spectrum of cardiac involvement by the hypertensive process is much wider than a pump response to an increased afterload [3] (Table 1).


Left Ventricular Hypertrophy Ventricular Hypertrophy Cardiac Hypertrophy Wall Stress Coronary Blood Flow 
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