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Psychophysiologic factors in sudden cardiac death.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7435665     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sudden cardiac death due to ventricular fibrillation is the leading cause of fatality in the industrially developed world. A considerable body of evidence indicates that the higher nervous system modifies electrical activity of the heart and may trigger sudden death. The evidence for increased risk for ventricular fibrillation due to psychophysiologic factors is supported predominantly by animal studies, but increasing evidence is forthcoming from human studies. The involvement of psychiatrists, psychologists, and cardiologists in a multidisciplinary approach to managing patients at risk for sudden death from ventricular fibrillation is yielding significant insights and prolonging their lives.
B Lown; R A DeSilva; P Reich; B J Murawski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of psychiatry     Volume:  137     ISSN:  0002-953X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1980 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-01-26     Completed Date:  1981-01-26     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370512     Medline TA:  Am J Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1325-35     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / psychology
Death, Sudden / etiology*
Disease Models, Animal
Heart / innervation
Heart Conduction System / physiopathology
Heart Rate
Stress, Psychological / complications*
Sympathetic Nervous System / physiopathology
Ventricular Fibrillation / psychology*
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