A. M. NOMEIR, M.D.; L. E. WATTS, M.D.; R. TURNER, M.D.
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To the editor: The paper by Davia and colleagues, "Absence of Echocardiographic Abnormalities of the Anterior Mitral Valve Leaflet in Rheumatoid Arthritis" (Ann Intern Med 83:500-502, 1975), is an interesting one. Since our findings (1) were quoted in their article, certain comments should be made.
Our study was an attempt to identify potential cardiac abnormalities in rheumatoid arthritis by using echocardiographic methods as part of the overall prospective survey. We found a mild slowing of the EF slope in several patients with rheumatoid arthritis, as compared with large groups of normal persons and as reported from other studies. This finding
NOMEIR AM, WATTS LE, TURNER R. Echocardiography of Mitral Valve in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ann Intern Med. ;84:494–495. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-4-494
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(4):494-495.
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