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Long-term Prognosis following Ventricular Fibrillation in Acute Ischaemic Heart Disease

Br Med J 1970; 4 doi: (Published 24 October 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;4:204
  1. B. T. McNamee,
  2. T. J. Robinson,
  3. A. A. J. Adgey,
  4. M. E. Scott,
  5. J. S. Geddes,
  6. J. F. Pantridge


    Of 160 patients who survived ventricular fibrillation complicating acute ischaemic heart disease, 80 had had a clinically mild coronary attack. Most of the long-term survivors had ventricular fibrillation within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. The longterm prognosis of the survivors was similar to that of patients whose myocardial infarction was not complicated by ventricular fibrillation. Those patients who survived ventricular fibrillation which occurred within four hours of the onset of symptoms were younger, usually had had a mild coronary attack, and had the most favourable longterm prognosis. The number of episodes of ventricular fibrillation did not affect adversely the long-term prognosis. Of those who at the time of review were eligible to work, 86% were fit to work and 68% were actually at work.