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can left ventricular hypertrophy occur suddenly? from like an infection or is it only gradual?

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Dr. Nathan Almeida
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: Gradual LVH is mostly from hypertension or heart valve problems. Lvh can occur more rapidly in conditions like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (commoner), or "infiltrative" conditions where abnormal substances are deposited in the heart muscle (rarer). However, I am not aware of an infectious cause of lvh.
Dr. John Breinholt
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Not usually sudden: Hypertrophy is enlargement of the hart muscle. It can be a normal response (like to athletic conditioning), or due to abnormalities in the muscle that leads to the hyper trophy. Either way it develops over time. It is seldom, if ever, related to an infection. Infections are more likely to lead to dilation of the heart, not hypertrophy.

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