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Abnormal extra heartbeats may be modifiable risk factor for heart failure, study shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3674 (Published 08 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3674
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Having commonly occurring abnormal extra heartbeats known as premature ventricular contractions may be a modifiable risk factor for congestive heart failure, the results of a large US follow-up study have shown.1

The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, randomly assigned 1139 people aged 65 and over to 24 hour ambulatory electrocardiography. These participants were a subgroup of the 5201 randomly selected people recruited to …

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