Recently diagnosed idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy: incidence of myocarditis and efficacy of prednisone therapy.

@article{Latham1989RecentlyDI,
  title={Recently diagnosed idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy: incidence of myocarditis and efficacy of prednisone therapy.},
  author={Ricky D. Latham and John P. Mulrow and Renu Virmani and Max Robinowitz and Joe M. Moody},
  journal={American heart journal},
  year={1989},
  volume={117 4},
  pages={876-82}
}
Fifty-two patients with recently diagnosed idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy were studied to determine the incidence of myocarditis; patients were randomly assigned to receive either conventional therapy alone or conventional therapy plus prednisone to assess possible therapeutic efficacy with regard to survival. Inflammatory criteria were present in 23% of the population studied with 13% having overt myocarditis according to the Dallas criteria. The addition of prednisone to conventional… CONTINUE READING
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