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How does left ventricular hypertrophy lead to heart failure?

We think of exercising as a good thing, but if the left ventricle of your heart works out too much, the result is a condition called left ventricular hypertrophy in which the heart muscle has “bulked up” too much.

The left ventricle is a major pumping chamber of the heart, and is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood out of the heart to the rest of the body. Eventually, the overworked left ventricle can tire and fail to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs - a condition known as heart failure.
 

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