Relation between arrhythmic profile, autonomic balance and psychological assessment in postinfarction patients

B. Caru, R. Pedretti, M. Sommaruga, S. Bravi, S. Sarzi Braga, E. Colombo

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In this study we compared psychological profile of patients with and without arrhythmic events after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). One hundred and eight patients, who underwent psychological assessment in addition to a standard risk stratification protocol comprise the study group. At a mean follow-up of 26 ± 14 months, 6 patients (5%) had a late arrhythmic event. Results showed that high scores on psychological measures may be present in patients who developed a malignant arrhythmia after AMI, and this may provide a significant contribution to arrhythmogenesis independent of several predictors of disease severity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-478
Number of pages8
JournalNew Trends in Arrhythmias
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993



  • myocardial infarction
  • psychological assessment
  • sudden death
  • ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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