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Arthritis Rheum. 1992 Nov;35(11):1356-61.

Cardiac involvement in systemic sclerosis.

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Department of Cardiology, University of Vienna, Austria.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the incidence and extent of cardiac involvement in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients with no apparent cardiac symptoms.

METHODS:

Surface electrocardiography, ambulatory electrocardiography, radionuclide ventriculography, myocardial scintigraphy, and echocardiography were performed in 18 patients.

RESULTS:

These studies demonstrated ventricular tachycardia in 1 patient, nonsustained ventricular tachycardia in 5, supraventricular tachycardia in 6, decreased left ventricular ejection fraction in 2, decreased right ventricular ejection fraction in 8, and stress-induced reversible myocardial perfusion abnormalities in 6.

CONCLUSION:

These observations demonstrate a high rate of cardiac abnormalities in SSc patients without cardiac symptoms.

PMID:
1445453
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