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A rare cause of reversible dilated cardiomyopathy: hypocalcemia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15488088     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hypocalcemia is a rare cause of reversible heart failure. We reported a 40-year-old woman who had severe heart failure resistant to the usual antifailure therapy. She had severe hypocalcemia due to hypoparathyroidism after strumectomy. Echocardiography showed a large left ventricle with very low ejection fraction of 25% and moderate mitral regurgitation. After supplementation of calcium and vitamin D, her clinical situation and hemodynamics improved rapidly. At 15 months, myocardial impairment resolved fully. In conclusion, hypocalcemia should be considered in the differential diagnosis of resistant severe heart failure.
Alaettin Avsar; Abdullah Dogan; Talat Tavli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Echocardiography (Mount Kisco, N.Y.)     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0742-2822     ISO Abbreviation:  Echocardiography     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-18     Completed Date:  2006-08-18     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511187     Medline TA:  Echocardiography     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  609-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Medical School, Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Calcium Compounds / therapeutic use
Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / drug therapy,  etiology*,  physiopathology
Cardiovascular Agents / therapeutic use
Diagnosis, Differential
Heart Failure / drug therapy,  etiology*,  physiopathology
Hypocalcemia / complications*,  diagnosis*,  drug therapy,  physiopathology
Myocardial Contraction / drug effects
Stroke Volume / drug effects
Vitamin D / therapeutic use
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Calcium Compounds; 0/Cardiovascular Agents; 1406-16-2/Vitamin D

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