Major ventricular arrhythmias occurring concurrently with myocardial ischemia are presumed to be the most frequent mechanism for sudden cardiac death. Two hundred eighteen catheterized patients with angina pectoris at rest were reviewed to identify clinical, ECG, and arteriographic features that might correlate with the presence of serious ventricular arrhythmias occurring during episodes of rest pain. Ventricular arrhythmias during episodes of rest pain were significantly more common in patients who manifested transient ST segment elevation in the anterior leads and in patients with marked transient ST segment shifts (> 5 mm). Ventricular arrhythmias during episodes of rest pain were not more common in patients with extensive coronary artery disease.
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- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine