Cardiac structure and diastolic function in mild primary hyperparathyroidism

M. D. Walker, J. B. Fleischer, M. R. Di Tullio, S. Homma, T. Rundek, E. M. Stein, C. Zhang, T. Taggart, D. J. McMahon, Shonni J. Silverberg

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Context: Data on the presence, extent, and reversibility of cardiovascular disease in primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) are conflicting. Objective: To evaluate the heart in PHPT, we assessed cardiac structure and diastolic function in patients with mild PHPT compared with age- and sex-matched controls. Design: This was a case-control study. Settings: The study was conducted in a university hospital Metabolic Bone Diseases Unit. Participants: Fifty-four men and women with PHPT and 76 controls without PHPT participated in the study. Outcome Measures: We measured left ventricular mass index (LVMI), the presence of mitral annular calcification, the ratio of early to late diastolic mitral inflow velocities (E/A), and early diastolic velocity of the lateral mitral annulus using Doppler tissue imaging (tissue Doppler e′). Results: Patients had mild disease with mean (±SD) serum calcium 10.5 ± 0.5 mg/dl and PTH 96 ± 45 pg/ml. LVMI and diastolic function were normal in PHPT. There was no difference in LVMI (98 ± 23 vs. 96 ± 24 g/m2, P = 0.69) or the frequency of mitral annular calcification between PHPT cases and controls. Diastolic function variables (E/A and tissue Doppler e′) were higher (better) in cases compared with controls, although both were within the reference range. PHPT patients with low E/A had higher serum PTH (121 ± 36 vs. 89 ± 46 pg/ml, P = 0.03) and calcium (10.8 ± 0.4 vs. 10.5 ± 0.5 mg/dl, P = 0.05) than those with normal values. Finally, we found LVMI to be inversely associated with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in PHPT (r = -0.29, P < 0.05). All findings persisted after adjustment for group differences in cardiovascular risk factors. Conclusions: Patients with biochemically mild PHPT do not have evidence of increased left ventricular mass, diastolic dysfunction, or increased valvular calcifications. However, the data support an association between low vitamin D levels and the development of left ventricular hypertrophy in this disorder. Finally, the increased serum calcium and PTH levels in those with diastolic dysfunction suggest that disease severity may determine the presence of cardiac manifestations in PHPT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2172-2179
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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