Sudden Death Related to Myocardial Infarction
Sudden death as it relates to myocardial infarction (not necessarily acute) is discussed on the premise that most such deaths are due to a lethal electrical disturbance of the heart. The three sections of the first part deal with the rhythm of the heart, conduction in the heart, and neural control of the heart. In these sections consideration is made of those factors which stabilize cardiac electrical performance, and conversely how these factors may be deranged into electrical instability. In the second part a practical discussion is organized to interrelate the principles presented on maintenance and derangement of electrical stability of the heart; the electrical reserve of the heart, some unstabilizing factors, and clinical considerations are the subjects for this integrating synthesis. The entire review is designed to provide the clinical cardiologist a framework of reference in which logical decisions can be made in caring for the patient who has coronary disease and in whom myocardial infarction will be, is, or has been a complication. By a fuller appreciation of principles underlying maintenance of electrical stability of the heart, the risk of dying suddenly from electrical instability may be reduced.
- Electrical stability of the heart
- Neural control of the heart
- Electrical instability of the heart
- Cardiac conduction disturbances
- © 1972 American Heart Association, Inc.