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Prediction of Left Ventricular Mass Index Using Electrocardiography in Essential Hypertension – A Multiple Linear Regression Model

Authors Ahmed SN, Jhaj R, Sadasivam B, Joshi R

Received 15 March 2020

Accepted for publication 15 May 2020

Published 11 June 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 163—172


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Shah Newaz Ahmed,1 Ratinder Jhaj,1 Balakrishnan Sadasivam,1 Rajnish Joshi2

1Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhopal, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India; 2Department of General Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhopal, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence: Shah Newaz Ahmed
Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhopal, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
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Background: Current electrocardiography (ECG) criteria indicate only the presence or absence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). LVH is a continuum and a direct relationship exists between left ventricular mass (LVM) and cardiovascular event rate. We developed a mathematical model predictive of LVM index (LVMI) using ECG and non-ECG variables by correlating them with echocardiography determined LVMI.
Patients and Methods: The model was developed in a cohort of patients on treatment for essential hypertension (BP> 140/90 mm of Hg) who underwent concurrent ECG and echocardiography. One hundred and forty-seven subjects were included in the study (56.38± 11.84 years, 66% males). LVMI was determined by echocardiography (113.76± 33.06 gm/m2). A set of ECG and non-ECG variables were correlated with LVMI for inclusion in the multiple linear regression model. The model was checked for multicollinearity, normality and homogeneity of variances.
Results: The final regression equation formulated with the help of unstandardized coefficients and constant was LVMI=18.494+ 1.704 (aLL) + 0.969 (RaVL+SV3) + 0.295 (MBP) + 15.406 (IHD) (aLL – sum of deflections in augmented limb leads; RaVL+SV3 – sum of deflection of (R wave in aVL + S wave in V3); MBP – mean blood pressure; IHD=1 for the presence of the disease, IHD=0 for the absence of the disease).
Conclusion: In the model, 50.4% of the variability in LV mass is explained by the variables used. The findings warrant further studies for the development of better and validated models that can be incorporated in microprocessor-based ECG devices. The determination of LVMI with ECG only will be a cost-effective and readily accessible tool in patient care.

Keywords: left ventricular hypertrophy, electrocardiography, echocardiography

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