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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Abstract

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
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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