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Type: Journal article
Title: Cardiac arrhythmias and conduction defects in systemic sclerosis
Author: Vacca, A.
Meune, C.
Gordon, J.
Chung, L.
Proudman, S.
Assassi, S.
Nikpour, M.
Rodriguez-Reyna, T.
Khanna, D.
Lafyatis, R.
Matucci-Cerinic, M.
Distler, O.
Allanore, Y.
Citation: Rheumatology, 2014; 53(7):1172-1177
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1462-0324
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Alessandra Vacca, Christophe Meune, Jessica Gordon, Lorinda Chung, Susanna Proudman, Shervin Assassi, Mandana Nikpour, Tatiana S. Rodriguez-Reyna, Dinesh Khanna, Robert Lafyatis, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Oliver Distler and Yannick Allanore on behalf of the Scleroderma Clinical Trial Consortium SCTC Cardiac Subcommittee
Abstract: Signs and symptoms of arrhythmias or conduction defects are frequently reported in patients with SSc. These rhythm disorders may have several origins (i.e. related to primary heart involvement, pericardial disease, valvular regurgitation or pulmonary arterial hypertension) and may negatively affect the overall prognosis of these patients. It is therefore important to identify patients at high risk for cardiac arrhythmias with a complete cardiological evaluation and to identify the underlying heart disease, including SSc-related myocardial involvement. In addition, some therapeutic options in SSc patients may differ from those recommended in other populations.
Keywords: Systemic sclerosis; arrhythmias; conduction defects; cardiac involvement; mortality
Rights: © The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Rheumatology. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1093/rheumatology/ket377
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