Left ventricular hypertrabeculation/noncompaction and stroke or embolism

Cardiology. 2005;103(2):68-72. doi: 10.1159/000082050. Epub 2004 Nov 10.


Left ventricular hypertrabeculation/noncompaction (LVHT) is reported to be associated with embolism. This retrospective study assessed the number of strokes/embolisms in 62 patients with LVHT and in 62 control patients matched with regard to age, sex and left ventricular systolic function. The incidence of strokes or embolism was 10% in patients with LVHT and 15% in controls. LVHT by itself does not seem to be a risk factor for stroke or embolism and thus is not an indication for oral anticoagulation. However, if LVHT is associated with systolic dysfunction, oral anticoagulation should be considered.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Echocardiography
  • Embolism / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / complications*
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / diagnostic imaging
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Stroke / etiology*
  • Ventricular Function, Left