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Predictors of ventricular fibrillation or cardiac arrest in patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction
Quantitative Health Sciences Publications and Presentations
  • James A. Tonascia
  • Moyses Szklo
  • Robert J. Goldberg, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Harold L. Kennedy
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Date
7-1-1981
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Female; Heart Arrest; Hospitalization; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Myocardial Infarction; Risk; Ventricular Fibrillation
Abstract
A community-wide study of patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction in metropolitan Baltimore was conducted to examine socio-demographic and clinical characteristics in association with ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest (VF/CA). Multivariate analyses revealed that variables significantly associated with occurrence of VF/CA included older age (60 years or older), male sex, and a history of cigarette smoking. These factors allow the identification of subgroups of patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction at high risk for the subsequent development of VF/CA, in whom prophylactic therapy and close surveillance are especially recommended.
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Citation: Clin Cardiol. 1981 Jul-Aug;4(4):168-71.
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James A. Tonascia, Moyses Szklo, Robert J. Goldberg and Harold L. Kennedy. "Predictors of ventricular fibrillation or cardiac arrest in patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction" Vol. 4 Iss. 4 (1981) ISSN: 0160-9289 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_goldberg/196/