Left Heart Morphology and Function in Primary Aldosteronism

  • Alberto Milan
  • Corrado Magnino
  • Ambra Fabbri
  • Michela Chiarlo
  • Giulia Bruno
  • Isabel Losano
  • Franco Veglio
Review Article

DOI: 10.2165/11593690-000000000-00000

Cite this article as:
Milan, A., Magnino, C., Fabbri, A. et al. High Blood Press Cardiovasc Prev (2012) 19: 11. doi:10.2165/11593690-000000000-00000

Abstract

Primary aldosteronism is the most frequent cause of secondary hypertension, accounting for up to 11% of cases in selected populations. Patients affected by primary aldosteronism have shown higher prevalence of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events compared with patients with essential hypertension, despite similar blood pressure levels. Several studies have been performed over past years aiming to explain these data; many of these evaluated echocardiographic differences in hypertension-related cardiac organ damage between primary aldosteronism and essential hypertension. This article summarizes the present knowledge about structural and functional alteration of the human left heart in primary aldosteronism.

key words

primary aldosteronism echocardiography hypertension hypertrophy aldosterone left ventricular mass 

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Milan
    • 1
  • Corrado Magnino
    • 1
  • Ambra Fabbri
    • 1
  • Michela Chiarlo
    • 1
  • Giulia Bruno
    • 1
  • Isabel Losano
    • 1
  • Franco Veglio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine and Experimental Oncology, Division of Internal Medicine, Hypertension UnitUniversity of TurinTurinItaly

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