NORMAN S. BLACKMAN, M.D.; CHARLES I. HAMILTON JR., M.D.
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Although no electrocardiographic pattern is specific or diagnostic of acute rheumatic carditis, it is well known that changes do occur which can be correlated with the clinical findings of this disease. Abnormalities of the electrocardiogram which are often seen in acute rheumatic fever have also been recorded in other diseases such as pneumonia, diphtheria, influenza, brucellosis, and typhoid. The value of the electrocardiogram in the diagnosis of myocarditis is well established.1
It is generally accepted that increase in the PR interval frequently occurs in acute rheumatic carditis. Less well-known abnormalities of the electrocardiogram have been reported,
BLACKMAN NS, HAMILTON CI. SERIAL ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC CHANGES IN YOUNG ADULTS WITH ACUTE RHEUMATIC FEVER; REPORT OF 62 CASES1. Ann Intern Med. 1948;29:416–431. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-29-3-416
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;29(3):416-431.
Cardiac Diagnosis and Imaging, Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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