A. M. NOMEIR, M.D.; L. E. WATTS, M.D.; R. TURNER, M.D.
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To the editor: The paper, "Absence of Echocardiographic Abnormalities of the Anterior Mitral Valve Leaflet in Rheumatoid Arthritis," (Ann Intern Med 83:500-502, 1975) by Davia and colleagues is an interesting one. Because 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 techniques as part of the overall prospective survey. We found 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 does
NOMEIR AM, WATTS LE, TURNER R. Mitral-Valve Echocardiography in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ann Intern Med. ;84:756–757. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-6-756
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(6):756-757.
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