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Long-term outcome of spinal cord electrical stimulation in patients with refractory chest pain.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9562939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND HYPOTHESIS: Treatment of patients with refractory chest pain remains a challenge. In this study, the long-term clinical effects of spinal cord electrical stimulation were evaluated in 10 consecutive male patients (mean age 53.7 years) with chronic chest pain in a prospective observational study. METHODS: After placement of the electrode in an epidural position and before implantation of the device, patients were subjected to clinical evaluation, including atrial pacing, in order to document significant antianginal effects. RESULTS: Spinal cord electrical stimulation abolished or improved pacing time to angina by more than 50% in seven of the patients who subsequently had the device implanted. In three of these patients, the system was ineffective after a period of 3-9 months despite paresthesia in the area of anginal pain with electrical stimulation. The effects of treatment remained satisfactory in the remaining patients (40%) after a mean follow-up of 60 (45-72) months. Thus, a long-lasting clinical response was able to be predicted in 57% of the patients. CONCLUSION: Spinal cord electrical stimulation is one of the few therapeutic options in inoperable patients with refractory chest pain.
J P Bagger; B S Jensen; G Johannsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical cardiology     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0160-9289     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Cardiol     Publication Date:  1998 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-06-09     Completed Date:  1998-06-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903272     Medline TA:  Clin Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  286-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Skejby University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Chest Pain / etiology,  physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Coronary Disease / complications,  physiopathology,  rehabilitation
Electric Stimulation Therapy / methods*
Electrodes, Implanted
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Rate
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Spinal Cord*
Treatment Outcome

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