Cardiac arrest in young, ostensibly healthy patients: clinical, hemodynamic, and electrophysiologic findings.


Journal Article

This study examines the clinical, hemodynamic, and electrophysiologic findings in a unique group of 11 young (aged 15 months to 29 years) survivors of a cardiac arrest. All patients were previously in good health, and cardiac arrest was the initial manifestation of cardiac disease in all. Overt clinical and hemodynamic abnormalities were not as common as previously reported, and in some instances apparent cardiac abnormalities failed to provide a link to cardiac arrest. No patient had congenital heart disease or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. However, during multicatheter electrophysiologic study, sustained tachyarrhythmia was reproducibly initiated in 8 of 11 patients (73%). Young, ostensibly healthy patients who survive cardiac arrest form a diverse group. Diligent programmed intracardiac electrical stimulation may demonstrate life-threatening tachycardias in these patients. Treatment to prevent recurrence of cardiac arrest is difficult in this group of patients. However, the ability to initiate tachycardia in the electrophysiologic laboratory may be useful in the management of these patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Benson, DW; Benditt, DG; Anderson, RW; Dunnigan, A; Pritzker, MR; Kulik, TJ; Zavoral, JH

Published Date

  • July 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 65 - 69

PubMed ID

  • 6858929

Pubmed Central ID

  • 6858929

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9149

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0002-9149(83)90070-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States