Case report: Coronary vasospasm - Relation to the hyperthyroid state

D. Moliterno, C. R. DeBold, R. M. Robertson

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While angina is not uncommonly seen in association with hyperthyroidism, only rare case reports have suggested that myocardial ischemia in this state may be due to coronary artery spasm. The authors review the literature and describe a case in which the repetitive occurrence of episodes of myocardial ischemia due to coronary spasm correlated with repeated transient elevations in thyroid hormone levels, thus clarifying this relationship. The importance of defining thyroid status in patients presenting with coronary vasospasm is emphasized and the effects of thyroid hormone on the heart are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992

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Funding Information:
From the Department of Medicine and Divisions of Cardiology and Endocrinology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Moliterno is currently a Fellow in Cardiology at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Dr. DeBold is currently in the Division of Endocrinology, Park Nicollet Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Supported in part by NIH grant H37964. Correspondence: Rose Marie Robertson, MD, Division of Cardiology, Vanderbilt University, CC-221B Medical Center North, Nashville, TN


  • Coronary vasospasm
  • Thyroid

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  • Medicine (all)


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