Systemic lupus erythematosus and systemic autoimmune connective tissue disorders behind recurrent diastolic heart failure.

Systemic lupus erythematosus and systemic autoimmune connective tissue disorders behind recurrent diastolic heart failure.

Clin Dev Immunol. 2012;2012:831434

Authors: Blasco Mata LM, Acha Salazar O, González-Fernández CR, Robledo FN, Pérez-Llantada Amunárriz E

Abstract
Diastolic heart failure (DHF) remains unexplained in some patients with recurrent admissions after full investigation. A study was directed for screening SLE and systemic autoimmune connective tissue disorders in recurrent unexplained DHF patients admitted at a short-stay and intermediate care unit. It was found that systemic autoimmune conditions explained 11% from all of cases. Therapy also prevented new readmissions. Autoimmunity should be investigated in DHF.

PMID: 21941581 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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