Barton, Everard N.,; Chung, Edward E.; Smikle, Monica ; DeCeulaer, Karel; West, Wayne M.; Barrow, K. Orrin
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Medicine; Microbiology; Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Asymptomatic cardiac involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus.
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Cardiologic and laboratory parameters were studied in 21 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with cardiopulmonary symptoms (CPS), 20 SLE patients without CPS and 45 age-and sex- matched healthy controls. The finding that some SLE patients may have functional cardiac abnormalities in the absence of CPS is an important one. It raises the question as to whether asymptomatic cardiac involvement in SLE is a separate entity or whether it heralds symptomatic cardiopulmonary involvement....