Subclinical hypothyroidism in patients with preexisting heart failure was significantly associated with atrial fibrillation and ventricular assist device placement, cardiac transplantation or all-cause mortality, according to data published in Circulation: Heart Failure.
“Despite recommendations by the American Heart Association to evaluate thyroid function in all patients presenting with heart failure, there have not been any studies to comprehensively examine the role of thyroid hormone abnormalities in exacerbating heart failure in the outpatient setting,” Lakshmi Kannan, MD, MSc, from the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues wrote.
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