Left ventricular systolic and diastolic function in hyperthyroidism

Mark J. Friedman, Robert D. Okada, Gordon A. Ewy, Dorothy J. Hellman

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In order to assess the effect of hyperthyroidism on systolic and diastolic function of the left ventricle, M-mode echocardiograms and systolic time intervals were obtained in 13 patients while they were clinically hyperthyroid and again when they were euthyroid following radioactive lodine therapy. Echocardiographic tracings of the septum and left ventricular posterior wall were digitized and analyzed to provide the maximum velocity of shortening and maximum velocity of lengthening. These velocities were normalized for left ventricular diastolic dimension. The left ventricular minor axis fractional shortening and the normalized maximum velocity of shortening were both increased during the hyperthyroid state. The normalized maximum velocity of lengthening, a measure of diastolic left ventricular function, was also increased during the hyperthyroid state when compared to the euthyroid state. The preejection period index and the preejection period/left ventricular ejection time ratio were lower when the patients were hyperthyroid than when they were euthyroid. These data confirm the increased inotropic state and demonstrated increased diastolic relaxation velocities of the hyperthyroid left ventricle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1303-1308
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Heart Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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