The validity of electrocardiography in detection of left ventricular hypertrophy as comparing to echocardiography


AbstractIntroduction: left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a vital finding in hypertensive patients as its presence indicates high risk state & can be equal to ischemic heart dis.So it should be screened thoroughly by a valid, simple, non-invasive & cheap test.Aim of the study: to assess the role of ECG in detecting LVH as comparing to echocardiography & can we relay upon ECG as a screening test, beside screening for some related factors as gender ,age & the etiology.Pat. & method: 173 pat. Were involved by the study, all of them have LVH detected by echocardiography & ECG were done for them to detect LVHResult: ECG by different criteria can detect LVH in 52.6% only out of all pat. Have LVH by echocardiographyConclusion: as seen from the result it is difficult to depend on ECG as a screening tool for detection of LVH although it is easy non-invasive & cheap test