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Am J Cardiol. 1996 Apr 15;77(10):895-8.

The varying evolution of Friedreich's ataxia cardiomyopathy.

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Division of Cardiology, San Carlo Hospital, Milan, Italy.

Abstract

During a mean follow-up period of 8 years, 17% of 66 patients with Friedreich's ataxia developed hypokinetic-dilated cardiomyopathy; most patients originally had a hypertrophic left ventricle. The presence of pathologic Q waves identifies a subgroup of patients with wall motion abnormalities; these patients are more likely to develop a hypokinetic left ventricle, and the prognosis is ostensibly poorer.

PMID:
8623752
DOI:
10.1016/S0002-9149(97)89194-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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