Cardiac involvement in the adult primary vasculitides

Giulia Pazzola, Nicolò Pipitone, Carlo Salvarani

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Introduction: Heart involvement in vasculitis is rare, but potentially severe. The ascertainment of cardiac disease in vasculitis is complex and requires an integrated multidisciplinary approach involving the Rheumatologist, Radiologist, Cardiologist, and Heart surgeon. Areas covered: the authors searched PubMed using the keywords ‘heart’[Mesh] and vasculitis”[Mesh]. Expert opinion: Virtually any vasculitis can affect the heart, but cardiac involvement is more common in some vasculitides such as Takayasu arteritis, polyarteritis nodosa, and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis. Immunosuppressive treatment and when indicated surgery can improve the prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-991
Number of pages7
JournalExpert Review of Clinical Immunology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • cardiac involvement
  • heart
  • heart involvement
  • Vasculitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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