Long-term follow-up of patients with cardiac syndrome X treated by spinal cord stimulation

Gregory Angelo Sgueglia, Alfonso Sestito, Antonella Spinelli, Beatrice Cioni, Fabio Infusino, Fabio Papacci, Fulvio Bellocci, Mario Meglio, Filippo Crea, Gaetano Antonio Lanza

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Objective: To assess the long-term effect of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in patients with refractory cardiac syndrome X (CSX). Methods: A prospective, controlled, long-term follow-up was performed of 19 patients with CSX with refractory angina who underwent SCS (SCS group, 5 men, mean (SD) age 60.9 (8.5) years); 9 comparable patients with CSX who refused SCS treatment (3 men, mean (SD) age 60.9 (8.8) years) constituted the control group. Clinical and functional status were assessed at the time of screening for SCS indication (basal evaluation) and at a median (range) follow-up of 36 (15-82) months. Results: The two groups at baseline did not show any difference in clinical characteristics and angina status. All indicators of angina status (angina episode frequency, duration and short-acting nitrate use) improved significantly at follow-up in the SCS group (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-597
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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