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The clinical impact of long-term ECG recording. A retrospective study of 150 patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7457204     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One-hundred and fifty patients referred for long-term ECG (LECG) recording at a university hospital were monitored for 12 hours or more. The referring physicians' patient records were studied 12 months or more after monitoring in an attempt to establish if and how LECG had affected patient management. Seventeen patients were treated with permanent pacemakers and 13 with antiarrhythmic drugs as a direct result of LECG. Thirteen patients who experienced symptoms with concomitant cardiac arrhythmia at the time of recording were considered not to require treatment. In 17 patients who experienced symptoms without concomitant arrhythmia during monitoring, cardiac arrhythmia could be ruled out as the cause of the symptoms. In 9 more patients, LECG was considered to have contributed "valuable clinical information" (which could not be obtained by other diagnostic methods) to the referring physician. Thus, LECG was considered to have affected the referring physician's management of the patients in 69 cases (46%).
L Eriksson; O Pahlm
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta medica Scandinavica     Volume:  208     ISSN:  0001-6101     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Med Scand     Publication Date:  1980  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-03-24     Completed Date:  1981-03-24     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370330     Medline TA:  Acta Med Scand     Country:  SWEDEN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  355-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis*
Electrocardiography / methods*
Middle Aged
Monitoring, Physiologic / methods
Pacemaker, Artificial
Retrospective Studies
Tape Recording
Time Factors

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