Hypertensive cardiomyopathy may be diagnosed if certain criteria are present.


Criteria for hypertensive cardiomyopathy - all of the following:

(1) presence of severe hypertension

(1a) sustained systolic blood pressure > 160 mm Hg for >= 5 years

(1b) sustained diastolic blood pressure > 105 mm Hg >= 5 years

(1c) >= 2 drugs required to control for control for >= 5 years

(2) left ventricular hypertrophy documented on MRI or echocardiography

(3) exclusion of other causes of heart failure and cardiomyopathy


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