The heart is an important target organ in thyroid disorders. In elderly patients with apathetic hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular symptoms may dominate the clinical picture. Accordingly, these patients may initially present to their general internists with complaints related to the cardiovascular system. We present a case of an elderly patient with atrial fibrillation caused by apathetic hyperthyroidism. This patient serves as a basis for a discussion of the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of 1 form of thyroid heart disease. The special challenges and pitfalls in managing elderly patients with thyroid disease are emphasized.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Cardiovascular Reviews and Reports|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine