The ventricles are the bottom two chambers of our four-chambered heart. The left ventricle receives...
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The ventricles are the bottom two chambers of our four-chambered heart. The left ventricle receives blood containing oxygen from the left atrium above it, and pumps the blood into the aorta, which carries it to the rest of the body. Left ventricular hypertrophy is enlargement of the muscle tissues in the wall of the left ventricle. The most common cause is high blood pressure, which forces the ventricle to work harder to pump blood to your body. The increased work load causes the muscular walls of the ventricle to become thicker, stiffer and less elastic. As a result, the ventricle can have trouble filling properly, and the muscle may also become weaker.