Usefulness of echocardiographic abnormal left ventricular ejection fraction, paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia and complex ventricular arrhythmias in predicting new coronary events in patients over 62 years of age

Wilbert S. Aronow, Stanley Epstein, Mordecai Koenigsberg, Kenneth S. Schwartz

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Patients with an abnormal left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF), with paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia (VT) or with complex ventricular arrhythmias associated with heart disease are at increased risk for cardiac events.1-9 We previously reported the prevalence of an abnormal LVEF determined by M-mode and 2-dimensional echocardiography and the prevalence of VT and complex ventricular arrhythmias detected by 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiographic recordings in unselected patients older than 62 years in a long-term health care facility.10 In the present report we present the results from a prospective study correlating abnormal LVEF, VT and complex ventricular arrhythmias with development of cardiac events at 2-year follow-up in 467 unselected patients older than 62 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1349-1351
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 1988
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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