Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in late stage Sjogrens Syndrome

Posted by Gem @gemmax, Jun 22, 2019

How serious is the heart problem? I didn't get much of an explanation from the doctor.

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Hi @gemmax,

Left ventricular hypertrophy or LVH occurs when the heart’s left pumping chamber has thickened and may not be pumping efficiently. LVH can develop in response to some factors — such as high blood pressure or a heart condition — that causes the left ventricle to work harder. With pressure overload inside the heart, heart muscle tissue may get thicker along the inner walls of the heart. This thickened wall can cause the left chamber to weaken, stiffen and lose elasticity, which may prevent healthy blood flow.
Here are more details from Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/left-ventricular-hypertrophy/symptoms-causes/syc-20374314

Although Sjogren’s increases risk of some heart disease, LVH is an unlikely condition as a result of Sjogren’s syndrome. https://www.medpagetoday.com/rheumatology/generalrheumatology/77125
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@gemmax, when did you get diagnosed with LVH? Did your doctor explain a probable cause or what else could have led to the LVH diagnosis?

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