Incidence of sudden death among patients with premature ventricular contractions: An epidemiological study

F. Rengo, B. Trimarco, M. Chiariello, G. Morrone, M. Volpe, B. Ricciardelli, M. Petretta

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Abstract

It has been previously shown that among patients with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) there is a high risk of sudden death (SD). This study was designed to assess whether any electrocardiographic pattern of PVCs was associated with an increased risk of SD. Moreover, among patients with PVCs the influence of the different coronary risk factors on the incidence of SD was also studied. Two-hundred and thirty-two patients admitted to our hospital during a period of 3 years, who presented PVCs in the electrocardiogram on admission were followed for at least 30 months. Among these patients there were 47 SD. A higher incidence of SD has been found among patients with RR' of less than 360 msec (35.7% as compared with 18%, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-394
Number of pages10
JournalJapanese Heart Journal
Volume20
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1979

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Rengo, F., Trimarco, B., Chiariello, M., Morrone, G., Volpe, M., Ricciardelli, B., & Petretta, M. (1979). Incidence of sudden death among patients with premature ventricular contractions: An epidemiological study. Japanese Heart Journal, 20(4), 385-394.