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(hīpûr`trəfē), enlargement of a tissue or organ of the body resulting from an increase in the size of its cells. Such growth accompanies an increase in the functioning of the tissue. In normal physiology the growth in size of muscles (e.g., in an athlete as a result of increased exercise) and also the enlargement of a uterus in pregnancy are caused by hypertrophy of muscle cells. In pathology the thickening of the heart muscle from overstrain, as in hypertensionhypertension
or high blood pressure,
elevated blood pressure resulting from an increase in the amount of blood pumped by the heart or from increased resistance to the flow of blood through the small arterial blood vessels (arterioles).
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 (high blood pressure), is the result of hypertrophy. An organ subjected to extra work (e.g., the one kidney left to function after surgical removal of the other) usually compensates by enlarging; in such cases hyperplasia, an increase in the number of cells, generally accompanies hypertrophy.



an increase in the volume of a body organ or of any of its parts.

Hypertrophy in man (or in animals) may occur either as the result of the enlargement of the individual component elements of an organ (cells and tissues) or as the result of an increase in their quantity (hyperplasia). True hypertrophy and false hypertrophy are distinguished. The former includes enlargement in volume or mass of specific elements as the result of an increased functional load (so-called functional, or compensatory, hypertrophy) or disruption of the regulatory influences of the nervous and endocrine systems. Functional hypertrophy may appear in healthy persons who are occupied with physical labor, such as in athletes (“physiologic hypertrophy” of the muscles). It may also appear upon affection of a part of any organ, such as after heart failure (compensatory hypertrophy) or after the destruction of a paired organ, such as a kidney (vicarious hypertrophy). Compensation for the impaired functions occurs in all instances of functional hypertrophy. Examples of hypertrophy occurring as a result of the disruption of neuroendocrine influences include acromegaly and gynecomastia; in these cases the hypertrophy has no compensatory significance but is accompanied by considerable disturbances of function. False hypertrophy refers to enlargement of the organ as the result of excessive growth of the interstitial, most often the adipose, tissue in response to atrophy of the parenchyma (the functional tissue). Function of the organ in such cases is usually decreased.


Hypertrophy of plant organs is the result of an increase in the size of their cells. The hypertrophy may be the effect of increased synthesis of the substances of the cell membrane or cytoplasm, deposits of reserve compounds, or the development of polynucleosis or polyploidy. The causes of hypertrophy include disruption of the synthesis and metabolism of phenol compounds, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, as well as deficiency of trace elements. The condition may also be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, invertebrates, and plant parasites. It may accompany many mutations, grafts, and the effects on the plant of ionizing radiation or ultrasound. Hypertrophy is usually interconnected with hyperplasia and disruptions of tissue differentiation in the organs. In many instances (for example, when there is development of tumors or galls) hypertrophy follows cell division; after mechanical injury and physical or chemical effects, however, it is often primary. Hypertrophy is observed in higher as well as in lower plants.



Increase in cell size causing an increase in the size of an organ or tissue.


enlargement of an organ or part resulting from an increase in the size of the cells
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To characterize the miRNA profile of left ventricular hypertrophy, we recruited 3 hypertensive patients with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), 4 hypertensive patients without LVH (HAS) and 4 normal subjects as the control.
The Framingham Offspring Study [sup][22] reported an association between echocardiography LVH and serum phosphorus in a prospective study of 3300 participants free of heart failure and CKD showed that each 10 mg/L increment in serum phosphorus was associated with a 1.
These techniques, based on measurements carried out in the endocardium, can overestimate the contractility in patients with LVH.
Observations by Park in the CRIC study showed that the prevalence of LVH goes along with the severity of CKD while LVEF does not [7], suggesting that progressive myocardial hypertrophy may serve to compensate the effect of factors which might otherwise compromise systolic function.
Several studies have shown that the long-term administration of ESA leads to LVH decrease primarily by normalizing diastolic left ventricular dimension [24-26].
18) The present study corroborates these findings as approximately 40% of the patients with LVH have stage-3 CKD.
However, regardless of race, all children with primary hypertension are deserving of close followup due to the high prevalence of LVH that we noted in our study," said Dr.
LVH tends to develop over time in response to high blood pressure or other heart condition that forces the heart's main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, to work harder than normal.
The LVH refill kit, NSN 6665-01-564-3795, will be available in FY 10 and can be used with the M256A1 kit.
Exercise induces hormonal and/or mechanical responses that are considered major LVH stimulants (Decker et al.
In non-athletes, pathological LVH usually increases the risk of ventricular tachyarrhythmias as it worsens.