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Pulmonary hypertension: the role of the electrocardiogram.
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PMID:  18711612     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
A 54-year-old female was referred to our centre for further evaluation of recently established severe pulmonary hypertension. Six months prior to presentation to the cardiologist of the referring centre, the patient had first experienced exertional dyspnoea. At the time of presentation to the referring cardiologist, the patient's ECG showed signs of an increased right heart load. Interestingly, this patient had undergone a thorough cardiac evaluation in the referring centre seven years before when she presented with severe hyperthyroidism. At that time there were no symptoms or signs of pulmonary hypertension on ECG, echocardiography, or at heart catheterisation. Thorough evaluation in cooperation with the referring centre demonstrated that this patient was suffering from idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare form of pulmonary hypertension. We conclude this report with a discussion on the potential use of the ECG for the diagnosis of increased right heart load. (Neth Heart J 2008;16:250-4.).
I R Henkens; R W C Scherptong; K W van Kralingen; S A M Said; H W Vliegen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Netherlands heart journal : monthly journal of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology and the Netherlands Heart Foundation     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1568-5888     ISO Abbreviation:  Neth Heart J     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-19     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101095458     Medline TA:  Neth Heart J     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  250-4     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands.
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