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Low prevalence of ischemic electrocardiographic findings in a Danish population.
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PMID:  12745803     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Mortality and incidence of cardiovascular disease have declined during the past 35-40 years. The dual aim of this study is to investigate whether the prevalence of electrocardiographic findings is low compared with older studies and to describe the prevalence of electrocardiographic findings in the Danish population, which has not been reported since 1981. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study based on electrocardiograms obtained from a random sample of the population in the district of Ebeltoft, Denmark, December 1991-June 1992. RESULTS: The age and sex stratified prevalence of abnormal electrocardiograms ranged from 6.8% (95% CI: 4.01-10.7%) in women to 15.0% (95% CI: 10.6-20.4%) in men aged 41-51 years. Men had significantly more electrocardiographic changes than women (p = 0.004). Frequent findings were signs of earlier myocardial infarction (3.1%; 95% CI: 2.1-4.5%), axis deviation (3.1%; 95% CI: 2.1-4.5%) and incomplete right bundle branch block (1.2%; 95% CI: 0.6-2.2%). CONCLUSION: Prevalence of ischemic electrocardiographic findings is low when compared with studies from the past 50 years.
Morten S A Jensen; Janus L Thomsen; Svend E Jensen; Torsten Lauritzen; Marianne Engberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian cardiovascular journal : SCJ     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1401-7431     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand. Cardiovasc. J.     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-14     Completed Date:  2003-11-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708377     Medline TA:  Scand Cardiovasc J     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  49-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department and Research Unit of General Practice, University of Aarhus, Vennelyst Boulevard 6, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Denmark / epidemiology
Electrophysiologic Techniques, Cardiac
Follow-Up Studies
Myocardial Ischemia / diagnosis*,  epidemiology*
Sex Characteristics

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