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Late Ventricular Dysrhythmias after Myocardial Infarction

Br Med J 1968; 4 doi: (Published 09 November 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;4:364
  1. F. H. N. Spracklen,
  2. E. M. M. Besterman,
  3. M. S. Everest,
  4. J. W. Litchfield,
  5. M. Petrie


    Serious ventricular dysrhythmias occurred in hospital after discharge from a coronary intensive care unit in 11 out of 142 patients with myocardial infarction. Previous rhythm changes, hypotension, and left ventricular failure were common findings; only one of these patients had an uneventful previous course. Four patients were resuscitated and left hospital; six were resuscitated but died at varying periods up to eight days after the event; one patient could not be resuscitated. Recent coronary occlusion or further myocardial infarction was demonstrated in 7 of these 11 patients and presumably accounted for the dysrhythmia.