Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio is Increased and Associated with Left Ventricular Diastolic Function in Newly Diagnosed Essential Hypertension Children.

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Miao HouLing Sun

Abstract

Aim Hypertension is associated with cardiac structural and functional changes, including left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), LV systolic dysfunction, and diastolic dysfunction. Neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is a novel inflammatory biomarker associated with cardiovascular diseases. The current study aimed to evaluate NLR in children with newly diagnosed essential hypertension and its relationship between blood pressure and cardiac changes. Methods and subjects 44 children with newly diagnosed essential hypertension and 43 healthy children were included. Clinical characteristics, blood cell counts and biochemical parameters were collected. LVH was assessed by calculation of LV mass index (LVMI), and LV systolic function was evaluated by measuring LV ejection fraction and fractional shortening. LV diastolic function was primarily assessed with E/E’ ratio by doppler and echocardiography. Results The hypertension children had significantly higher LVMI and E/E’ ratio compared to the controls, whereas there was no difference in LV systolic function between two groups. The NLR was significantly higher in the hypertension group than the control group. Moreover, NLR and it was positively correlated with SBP and DBP levels in the h...Continue Reading

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