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    Inner wall of heart muscle thickening.
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    An_241778 posted:
    Is there anything besides high blood pressure that would cause the inner wall of the heart muscle to thicken thus reducing the opening that the blood flows through?
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    CardiostarUSA1 responded:
    Hi:

    The most common reported cause, other than high blood pressure (hypertension), is valvular heart disease, namely valvular stenosis, a narrowing of the opening of the one way-only valve.

    Other reported causes include, cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), certain arrhythmia (Irregular heartbeat), anemia, thyroid disorders, excessive iron in the body, protein build-up in the heart (amyloidosis) and cocaine use.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)





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    As applicable to the patient

    Thickening

    Hypertrophy typically affects (a thickening of) the left ventricle (LV), the heart's powerhouse high pressure pumping chamber. As reported, the normal thickness range of the LV is from 0.6 to 1.1 cm, measured at the very end of diastole (the heart's resting/relaxation phase). If more than 1.1 cm thick, a diagnosis of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) can be made.

    Several patterns of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) have been described, such as concentric and eccentric. Concentric LVH is defined as an increase in LV thickness (all over) and LV mass with increased LV diastolic pressure and volume, commonly seen in those with high blood pressure (BP). As applicable, concentric LVH is a marker/indicator of poor prognosis in the presence of high BP.

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