Hyperthyroidism as a Cause of Atrial Fibrillation in Long-term Care

Michael J. Siebers, MD; Paul J. Drinka, MD; Carole Vergauwen
Arch Intern Med. 1992;152(10):2063-2064. doi:10.1001/archinte.1992.00400220081014.
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Background.—  We measured sensitive thyrotropin-stimulating hormone (sTSH) in 50 consecutive nursing home patients (39 men) with atrial fibrillation to determine the frequency of hyperthyroidism.

Methods.—  Patients were identified in a long-term care facility by an electrocardiogram demonstrating atrial fibrillation. The sensitive thyrotropin-stimulating hormone assay had a detection limit of less than or equal to 0.02 mU/L (normal range, 0.46 to 3.60 mU/L).

Results.—  No subject had a suppressed sensitive thyrotropin-stimulating hormone.

Conclusions.—  Hyperthyroidism is not a common cause of atrial fibrillation in male nursing home residents.(Arch Intern Med. 1992;152:2063-2064)


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