IMR Press / RCM / Volume 14 / Issue 1 / DOI: 10.3909/ricm0637
Open Access Review
Systemic Vasculitis: An Underestimated Cause of Heart Failure—Assessment by Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
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1 Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens, Greece
2 Division of Rheumatology, Hospital of Prato, Italy
3 Department of Radiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Rev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2013 , 14(1), 49–55; https://doi.org/10.3909/ricm0637
Published: 30 March 2013
Abstract
Cardiovascular manifestations in systemic vasculitis include initially silent cardiomyopathy due to either ischemic or inflammatory causes. The combination of vasculitis and cardiomyopathy is associated with a poor prognosis. Early treatment with immunosuppressants in conjunction with appropriate cardiac pharmacotherapy is considered important and has dramatically improved prognosis. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance, due to its nonionizing, noninvasive evaluation of the cardiovascular system, can be of great value in the diagnosis, follow-up, and treatment of patients with systemic vasculitis.
Keywords
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance
Systemic vasculitis
Coronary artery disease
Myocardial ischemia
Myocardial inflammation
Myocardial fibrosis
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