Research Article

Lack of relation between venous plasma total catecholamine concentrations and ventricular arrhythmias after acute myocardial infarction.

Br Med J 1978; 2 doi: (Published 30 September 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;2:921
  1. R C Strange,
  2. M J Rowe,
  3. M F Oliver


    Electrocardiographic tracings were recorded continuously to monitor ventricular tachycardia and R-on-T and R-on-apex-T ventricular premature beats, and repeated estimations of venous plasma total catecholamine concentrations were carried out in 26 patients admitted to a coronary care unit with acute myocardial infarction. No relation existed between the increased catecholamine concentrations found in these patients and the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias occurring six to 48 hours after the onset of symptoms.