Predictors of ventricular fibrillation or cardiac arrest in patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction

J. Tonascia, M. Szklo, R. Goldberg, H. Kennedy

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-171
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Cardiology
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

Keywords

  • acute myocardial infarction
  • cardiac arrest
  • ventricular fibrillation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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