The electrocardiographic diagnosis of left ventricular hypertrophy in apparently normal children

J. Paul Traywick, Barry J. Maron, Kenneth Schuberth, L. Jerome Krovetz

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Abstract

Serial electrocardiographic, vectorcardiographic, and clinical features in 18 children with markedly increased precordial electrocardiographic voltages suggestive of left ventricular hypertrophy are presented. Patients were followed for an average of 31/2 years in order to determine the long-term significance of this finding. Follow-up electrocardiograms were normal in about 30 per cent; precordial voltages were unchanged or increased in about 70 per cent. No child had signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease, but three subjects (15 per cent) had persistently increased precordial voltages and increased cardiothoracic ratio on chest radiographs. It is suggested that children with increased precordial voltages be followed clinically until the electrocardiogram becomes normal or the diagnosis is otherwise clarified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-205
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of pediatrics
Volume83
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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