The connection between the heart and the gut

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Abstract

A 45-year-old man with ulcerative colitis was admitted with bloody diarrhoea and chest pain. Inflammatory markers and high-sensitivity troponin were elevated (C reactive protein 57 mg/L, white cell count 10.65×109/L, neutrophil 6.6×109/L, Troponin-I 663 mmol/L). The ECG showed inferior ST-elevation. Urgent coronary angiography revealed unobstructed coronary arteries. Inpatient cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) was arranged to determine the aetiology of the myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries. The imaging protocol at 1.5 T included balanced steady-state free precession cine images, T2-weighted oedema sequences, and early and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). Native T1 and T2 mapping images provided advanced tissue characterisation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalHeart
Early online date8 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Apr 2019

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