Change in cardiovascular risk profile by echocardiography in low- or medium-risk hypertension
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular
In untreated hypertensive individuals without overt target-organ damage, in whom treatment would be postponed or avoided according to current WHO-ISH guidelines, echocardiography modifies the risk classification in 29% of the cases, identifying a need for immediate drug treatment. In low-risk untreated hypertensive individuals, echocardiography commonly alters risk stratification based on the initial WHO-ISH work-up.