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Clin Hypertens. 2015;21(1):9. English. Review.
Lee JH , Park JH .
Department of Cardiology in Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Chungnam National University Hospital, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea.

Hypertension is amajorand correctable cardiovascular risk factor. The correct diagnosisofhypertension andprecise assessment of cardiovascular risk are essential to give proper treatment inpatientswithhypertension. Althoughechocardiography is the second-line study in the evaluationofhypertensivepatients, it givesmany clues suggestingbadprognosis associated with hypertension, including increased left ventricular (LV) mass, decreasedLV systolic function, impaired LV diastolic function, and increased left atrial size anddecreased function. Alongwith conventional echocardiographic methods, tissueDoppler imaging, three-dimensional echocardiography, and strain echocardiography arenewer echocardiographic modalities inthe evaluation of hypertensive patients in the current echocardiographic laboratories.Understandingconventional andnewer echocardiographicparameters is important inthediagnosis andassessmentof cardiovascular risk inhypertensivepatients.

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