Hypothyroidism Produced by Radioactive Iodine (I131) in the Treatment of Euthyroid Patients with Angina Pectoris and Congestive Heart Failure
Early Results in Various Types of Cardiovascular Diseases and Associated Pathologic States
Hypothyroidism, induced by I131 to lessen the work of the heart, is proposed as a means of treating certain patients with angina pectoris and congestive failure who are refractory to the standard medical measures. Eighteen such patients have been treated. The period of follow-up averages thirteen months. Eight of the 13 patients with angina pectoris and 3 of 5 patients with congestive failure showed worthwhile improvement. In 6 of the 18 patients, the improvement was striking. Tentative criteria for the selection of patients, their pre- and post-treatment management, and detailed descriptions of the results are presented.
- © 1950 American Heart Association, Inc.