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Article
May 31, 1924

THE CARDIAC DISTURBANCES ASSOCIATED WITH DISEASES OF THE THYROID GLAND

Author Affiliations

ANN ARBOR, MICH.
From the department of internal medicine, University of Michigan Medical School.

JAMA. 1924;82(22):1754-1756. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650480010006
Abstract

There are two diseases of the thyroid that we can dispose of very quickly. The smooth, uniform enlargement of this gland which occurs so frequently in children and in young people, particularly in young women, in this region and everywhere about the Great Lakes, and which appears to be due to a lack of iodin in the food and water, does not produce heart disease. Myxedema and hypothyroidism are very frequently associated with hypertension, nephritis or arteriosclerosis, or with a combination of these,1 and consequently with the type of cardiac disturbances to which they give rise.

Most of the cardiac abnormalities produced by thyroid disease occur in those toxic states in which there is an elevation of the basal metabolic rate. So far as the disturbances of the cardiovascular system are concerned, there is little difference between typical exophthalmic goiter and so-called "adenoma with hyperthyroidism." It is convenient in

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