Predictors of ventricular fibrillation or cardiac arrest in patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical Subject Headings
Female; Heart Arrest; Hospitalization; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Myocardial Infarction; Risk; Ventricular Fibrillation
Bioinformatics | Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research
A community-wide study of patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction in metropolitan Baltimore was conducted to examine socio-demographic and clinical characteristics in association with ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest (VF/CA). Multivariate analyses revealed that variables significantly associated with occurrence of VF/CA included older age (60 years or older), male sex, and a history of cigarette smoking. These factors allow the identification of subgroups of patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction at high risk for the subsequent development of VF/CA, in whom prophylactic therapy and close surveillance are especially recommended.
Rights and Permissions
Citation: Clin Cardiol. 1981 Jul-Aug;4(4):168-71.
Tonascia, James A.; Szklo, Moyses; Goldberg, Robert J.; and Kennedy, Harold L., "Predictors of ventricular fibrillation or cardiac arrest in patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction" (1981). Quantitative Health Sciences Publications and Presentations. 182.