Re: HBP and Left Ventricular Thickening
I don't know if you would have left ventricular thickening, but I DO know why it would cause someone to have high blood pressure. The ventricles are much more powerful and pump much more blood than the atria. The left ventricle is the most powerful chamber as it must pump the blood to the aorta, which in turn, leads to the body. With hypertension, the left ventricle must exert an even greater pressure than it normally does to keep the oxygenated blood supply flowing to the rest of the body. Thus, with a consistently higher blood pressure, the left ventricle is constantly using a higher pressure to propel the blood. I don't know what would cause it to thicken, unless it must become stronger to endure the forces, or maybe, it becomes smaller and more constricted because the septum (area which divides the left and right chambers) is crushing it?
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