Long-term changes in left ventricular hypertrophy after renal transplantation

Transplantation. 2000 Aug 27;70(4):570-5. doi: 10.1097/00007890-200008270-00006.


Background: Concentric and eccentric left ventricular hypertrophy are common progressive disorders in dialysis patients and are associated with cardiac failure and death. Although partial regression of these abnormalities is known to occur during the first post-transplant year, their long-term evolution is unknown.

Methods: A total of 143 of 433 dialysis patients participating in a long-term prospective cohort study received renal transplants. Laboratory parameters were assessed monthly. Echocardiography was performed annually. Left ventricular mass index (LVMI) and cavity volume index were calculated according to standard formulae. Multiple linear regression was used to model change in LVMI as a function of baseline clinical and laboratory variables.

Results: LVMI fell from 161 g/m2 at 1 year to 146 g/m2 (P=0.009) g/m2 after 2 years. No further regression was seen in years 3 and 4. Left ventricular volume index showed similar trends, with a decline from year 1 to year 2 (P=0.05) followed by stabilization in years 3 and 4. Older age, long duration of hypertension, need for more than one antihypertensive, high pulse pressure in normal-size hearts, and low pulse pressure in dilated hearts were significantly associated with failure of regression of LVMI between the first and second years (MLR, P<0.000001, r2=0.57).

Conclusions: Regression of left ventricular hypertrophy continues beyond the first year after renal transplantation, reaching a nadir at 2 years and persisting into the third and fourth posttransplant years. Failure to regress was associated with older age, hypertension, high pulse pressure in normal-size hearts and low pulse pressure in dilated hearts.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure
  • Canada
  • Cohort Studies
  • Echocardiography
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / diagnostic imaging
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / etiology
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / physiopathology*
  • Kidney Transplantation / physiology*
  • Male
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Pulse
  • Regression Analysis
  • Renal Replacement Therapy / adverse effects*
  • Time Factors