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To assess the prognostic value of the response to programmed ventricular stimulation in selected post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients identified at risk of sudden death and spontaneous sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) (arrhythmic events) by noninvasive, highly sensitive testing, 286 consecutive patients were evaluated prospectively and(More)
Clinical significance, short and long-term prognostic value, and treatment of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias were evaluated in 208 patients with definite acute myocardial infarction (AMI). No patient received thrombolytic therapy. In Coronary Care Unit supraventricular tachyarrhythmias were detected by continuous electrocardiographic monitoring in 30(More)
BACKGROUND The early and accurate noninvasive identification of postinfarction patients at risk of sudden death and sustained ventricular tachycardia (arrhythmic events) still remains an unsolved problem. The aim of the present study was to identify the combination of clinical and laboratory noninvasive variables, easy to obtain in most patients, that best(More)
In order to assess the reliability of left ventricular ejection fraction as estimated by gated blood pool method, radionuclide angiography (LAO) and single plane (RAO) contrast cineangiocardiography were performed within 14 days in 60 patients with coronary artery disease. The mean value of radionuclide ejection fraction was found to be 55 +/- 16%; contrast(More)
BACKGROUND Programmed ventricular stimulation performed early after acute myocardial infarction allows to identify patients at risk of sudden death and sustained ventricular tachycardia with high degree of predictive accuracy. This procedure, however, because of its invasive nature, is not desirable as a screening test for large numbers of patients.(More)
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