QT Prolongation due to Graves' Disease


Hyperthyroidism is a highly prevalent disease affecting over 4 million people in the US. The disease is associated with many cardiac complications including atrial fibrillation and also less commonly with ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation. Many cardiac pathologies have been extensively studied; however, the relationship between hyperthyroidism and rate of ventricular repolarization manifesting as a prolonged QTc interval is not well known. Prolonged QTc interval regardless of thyroid status is a risk factor for cardiovascular mortality and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia. The mechanism regarding the prolongation of the QT interval in a hyperthyroid patient has not been extensively investigated although its clinical implications are relevant. Herein, we describe a case of prolonged QTc in a patient who presented with signs of hyperthyroidism that was corrected with return to euthyroid status.

DOI: 10.1155/2017/7612748

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@inproceedings{Kulairi2017QTPD, title={QT Prolongation due to Graves' Disease}, author={Zain Kulairi and Nisha Deol and Renee Tolly and Rohan Manocha and Maliha Naseer}, booktitle={Case reports in cardiology}, year={2017} }