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Interruption of recurrent ventricular fibrillation by psychiatric intervention.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6662355     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 32-year-old man with a recent myocardial infarction had recurrent episodes of cardiac arrest that resisted medical management until he was interviewed by a psychiatrist. During the interview he shared his terror and associated to an episode during adolescence when he stole a car and was shot in the chest. After the interview he slept for the first time in three days, and subsequently had no further incidence of cardiac arrest. The case illustrates the potentially life-saving role of psychiatric intervention in reducing sympathetic tone in patients with cardiac instability.
P Reich; P W Gold
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  General hospital psychiatry     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0163-8343     ISO Abbreviation:  Gen Hosp Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1983 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-02-29     Completed Date:  1984-02-29     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905527     Medline TA:  Gen Hosp Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  255-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Death
Heart Arrest / psychology
Myocardial Infarction / complications
Psychotherapy / methods*
Referral and Consultation*
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / psychology
Ventricular Fibrillation / psychology,  therapy*
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