The effects of antihypertensive treatment on the doppler-derived myocardial performance index in patients with hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy: results from the Swedish irbesartan in left ventricular hypertrophy investigation versus atenolol (SILVHIA).
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of antihypertensive treatment on the Doppler-derived myocardial performance index (MPI) in patients with hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy. METHODS: The MPI was measured at baseline and after 48 weeks of antihypertensive treatment in 93 participants of the SILVHIA trial, where individuals with primary hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy were randomized to double blind treatment with either irbesartan or atenolol. RESULTS: Antihypertensive treatment lowered MPI (mean difference -0.03 +/- 0.01, P = 0.04). Changes in MPI by treatment were associated with changes in left ventricular ejection fraction (beta-coefficient -0.35 P = 0.005), stroke volume/pulse pressure (reflecting arterial compliance, beta-coefficient -0.39 P