Is Selenium Deficiency the Cause of Uraemic Cardiomyopathy?
We studied the relationship between serum selenium (Se) and left ventricular performance in 33 patients on maintenance haemodialysis. Low serum Se was frequent. However, there were no significant differences in echocardiographic indices of left ventricular function between patients with serum Se <0.9 umol/1 and those with serum Se >0.9 umol/1. We conclude that Se deficiency is not an important cause of cardiac failure in uraemia.
KeywordsPeroxide EDTA Glutathione Selenium Cardiomyopathy
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