Sarcoidosis of the heart

Clin Cardiol. 1993 Jun;16(6):462-72. doi: 10.1002/clc.4960160603.


Myocardial involvement in sarcoidosis occurs in about 27% of patients. Clinical manifestations include ventricular arrhythmias, conduction abnormalities, and sudden death. Diagnosis requires clinical suspicion and may be supported by electrocardiography, echocardiography, thallium imaging, gallium-67 scanning, and myocardial biopsy. Steroids seem to be beneficial in the treatment of myocardial sarcoidosis. Those who do not respond to medical treatment may benefit from cardiac transplantation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy
  • Cardiomyopathies* / diagnosis
  • Cardiomyopathies* / pathology
  • Cardiomyopathies* / therapy
  • Endocardium / pathology
  • Humans
  • Myocardium / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • Sarcoidosis* / diagnosis
  • Sarcoidosis* / pathology
  • Sarcoidosis* / therapy