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Am Heart J. 1976 Dec;92(6):715-22.

Lupus cardiomyopathy: cardiac mechanics, hemodynamics, and coronary blood flow in uncomplicated systemic lupus erythematosus.


Right and left heart pressures, left ventricular volumes, indices of contractility, myocardial wall stiffness, and coronary blood flow were determined in five young women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) during diagnostic right and left heart catheterization. Examinations revealed (1) increases of right and left ventricular enddiastolic pressures; (2) decreases of cardiac output, stroke volume, ejection fraction, contractility indices, diastolic left ventricular volume inflow; (3) decreases of pharmacologically induced coronary vasodilation in SLE. The results demonstrate impaired pump function, reduced contractility, increased myocardial wall stiffness, and decreased coronary vascular reserve in SLE. It is concluded that lupus cardiomyopathy associated with an impairment of left ventricular function may be apparent in young women with SLE who have no clinical signs of cardiac dysfunction.

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