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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2017, Article ID 7612748, 3 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7612748
Case Report

QT Prolongation due to Graves’ Disease

Department of Internal Medicine, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, Wayne State University, Rochester, MI 48307, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Zain Kulairi; ude.enyaw.dem@irialukz

Received 3 September 2016; Accepted 6 December 2016; Published 5 January 2017

Academic Editor: Domingo A. Pascual-Figal

Copyright © 2017 Zain Kulairi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Hyperthyroidism is a highly prevalent disease affecting over 4 million people in the US. The disease is associated with many cardiac complications including atrial fibrillation and also less commonly with ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation. Many cardiac pathologies have been extensively studied; however, the relationship between hyperthyroidism and rate of ventricular repolarization manifesting as a prolonged QTc interval is not well known. Prolonged QTc interval regardless of thyroid status is a risk factor for cardiovascular mortality and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia. The mechanism regarding the prolongation of the QT interval in a hyperthyroid patient has not been extensively investigated although its clinical implications are relevant. Herein, we describe a case of prolonged QTc in a patient who presented with signs of hyperthyroidism that was corrected with return to euthyroid status.