Archive for the 'Cardiac Function' Category

04 Feb

Gated Radionuclide Ventriculography in the Evaluation of Cardiac Function in Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy: Discussion

Respiratory failure is a major cause of death in those with DMD. Mechanical ventilation has opened new options for treatment of these patients. Once a treatment for the most common cause of death was available, other medical problems took on an added significance. Death from heart failure is now also a major concern. The initiation […]

03 Feb

Gated Radionuclide Ventriculography in the Evaluation of Cardiac Function in Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy: Materials and Methods

Thirty-eight patients followed in the DMD Pulmonary Clinic at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center were studied. All had a history, clinical course, and laboratory findings characteristic of DMD. All patients were dependent on a wheelchair, corresponding to Swin-yard class 7 or 8.“ Nine of the patients were fully dependent on a ventilator. The average age […]

02 Feb

Gated Radionuclide Ventriculography in the Evaluation of Cardiac Function in Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy is a progressive muscular dystrophy with significant respiratory and cardiac manifestations. The median age at death previously has been reported as 18 to 19 years, with rare survival to the age of 25 years. Death is related to respiratory insufficiency in 90 percent of these patients, but cardiomyopathy may be an important […]

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